Elbert County brush fire extinguished after burning 575 acres

ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. -- Several grass fires merged into one large one in northern Elbert County on Monday night.

Several fire departments from small eastern Plains communities responded to try to contain the fire that burned in the area southeast of Agate.

Early Tuesday morning, the Elizabeth Fire Department said the fire was at 2,000 acres and 90 percent contained, but the Elbert County Sheriff's Office later revised it to 575 acres and said it had been extinguished.

There were reports of lightning in that area before the fires were reported. There was no confirmation about what started the fires.

Reports from radio communications among fire departments said access to the fire was from Elbert County Road 162.

There were no reports of any structures damaged.