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Homes saved in Denver-area wildfire

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

People gather to watch as a grass fire spreads over Green Mountain on Monday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2008, in Green Mountain, in Lakewood, Colo. The fire blackened 300 acres on Green Mountain, an open space park in the foothills west of Denver, but no homes were lost. (AP Photo/Rocky Mountain News, Matt McClain) ***DENVER POST OUT***MAGS OUT***ONLINE OUT***NO SALES**MANDATORY CREDIT**

LAKEWOOD, Colo. ” Firefighters stopped a wind-driven grass fire from advancing toward a suburban neighborhood on Monday.

The fire blackened 300 acres on Green Mountain, an open space park in Lakewood, and sent up clouds of smoke that were visible from downtown Denver.

The fire burned some fences and the siding on one house, said Michelle French, a spokeswoman for West Metro Fire Rescue. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters set back burns to prevent the fire from spreading. They also got help from a plane dropping slurry and a helicopter which dropped water on the flames as well as some rainfall.

Residents of up to 30 homes were evacuated because of the fire but many of them were still at work when the fire was reported at around 12:30 p.m.

French said the cause of the fire is under investigation. Some residents reporting seeing lightning strikes.

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