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Fast-moving Colorado wildfire about half contained

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Colorado wildfire half contained
  • NEW: Wildfire in Colorado is about 50% contained
  • NEW: Evacuations are partially lifted, officials said
  • Five fire departments rush to scene

(CNN) -- Firefighters were getting a handle Thursday evening on a Colorado wildfire that caused 9,500 residents at one point to evacuate, officials said.

The blaze, dubbed "Burning Tree," was sparked between Denver and Colorado Springs.

The 1,600-acre fire near Franktown was about 50% contained, said Michelle Rademacher, spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Evacuations were partially lifted, with an estimated 70% of those affected allowed to go home.

Footage from CNN Denver affiliate KUSA showed flames roaring along a fence line, threatening a home and barn.

The fire is on both private and public land. No injuries or damage to structures had been reported Thursday evening.

At least five fire departments were attempting to put out the blaze, Rademacher said.

Meanwhile, a 1,700-acre wildfire west of Golden, Colorado, is 77% contained, officials said.

CNN's John Branch contributed to this report.