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Hertha Ridge Fire: 20 structures threatened, some areas evacuated

Posted: 3:47 PM, Aug 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-18 05:07:13Z
Fire south of Carter Lake forces evacuations
Fire south of Carter Lake forces evacuations
Fire south of Carter Lake forces evacuations
Fire south of Carter Lake forces evacuations
Fire south of Carter Lake forces evacuations
Fire south of Carter Lake forces evacuations

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- A wildfire burned dangerously close to homes in Larimer County Wednesday afternoon threatening more than a dozen structures and prompting evacuations. 

The Hertha Ridge Fire burned just south of Carter Lake and was 55 percent contained after burning 80 acres by Wednesday evening, according to an official with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, who posted the information on their Facebook page

Berthoud Fire officials said earlier their priority was to protect structures. No homes have been damaged, deputy officials said.   

Still, the blaze gobbled up grass and trees quickly, threatening residents off of Bennett and Del Rio, prompting evacuations in the area. Evacuations were lifted at around 8:30 p.m.

PHOTOS: Wildfire burns dangerously close to homes near Carter Lake

AirTracker7 flew over fire and captured air drops of fire retardant to help battle the blaze. 

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