Voluntary evacuation notices lifted for 80-acre wildfire in Larimer County

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- Voluntary evacuation notices were lifted Wednesday night after a wildfire near Berthoud grew to about 80 acres and threatened homes earlier in the day.

The Hertha Ridge Fire was burning on the southeast side of Carter Lake. Voluntary evacuation notices went to residents in about 90 homes. The notices were canceled Wednesday night, but the Larimer County Sheriff's Office alerted residents to be ready to leave should the need arise.

The fire was about 55 percent contained Wednesday night, the sheriff's office said.

No homes were damaged, but the fire burned through grass and trees in dry conditions. Residents

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 roads.

Crews from multiple agencies, led by the Berthoud Fire Protection District, fought the fire. A single-engine air tanker dropped several loads of retardant on the fire, officials said.