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Homeowner: Mower sparked wildfire near Fort Collins

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Posted at 8:35 AM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 10:35:21-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire near a heavily populated area in Colorado may have been sparked by a grass mower.

Investigators are still looking into what sparked the fire burned south of Fort Collins, which temporarily triggered an evacuation south of Horsetooth Reservoir on Saturday.

However, Bob Smith told the Coloradoan he saw the Spring Glade Fire start as a contractor was mowing his property. He says the contractor hit a rock and either that or one of the gearboxes overheating sparked the fire.

He says it quickly took off in the wind toward an open space area.

The fire spread to about a half square mile (1.5 square kilometers) and has been 95 percent contained.