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Authorities lift evacuations prompted by wildfire near Evergreen after rainstorm douses burn area

The 50-acre blaze was at 25% containment "and climbing" by midday Tuesday, the sheriff's office announced.

A sunbeam illuminates the Elephant Butte Fire burning near Evergreen on July 13, 2020 as seen from Idledale. (Andy Colwell, Special to The Colorado Sun)
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Residents of about 1,000 houses in Evergeen were allowed to return home on Tuesday night after authorities announced they had turned the corner on a wildfire that was raging a day before.

Rain soaked the Elephant Butte Fire burn area for a second straight evening, prompting the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to lift its evacuation order for a large area near Evergreen Golf Course.

The 50-acre blaze was at 25% containment “and climbing” by midday Tuesday, the sheriff’s office announced.

The fire was raging on Monday night shortly after it was called in to authorities at about 3 p.m. Trees were fully engulfed and a smoke column was visible in Denver.

But by nightfall the fire had died down and it never really fully reignited into a raging inferno on Tuesday.

Authorities have not said what started the fire.

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