FRANKTOWN, Colo. -- Almost as quickly as it erupted, it was over.
Douglas County officials said the Burning Tree Fire, which forced the evacuation of 8,500 homes on Thursday, was 100 percent contained Friday afternoon.
All restrictions, including those involving livestock and animals, have been lifted.
The fire burned 2.5 square miles of dry brush and Ponderosa pine. No structures were destroyed.
It was first reported early Thursday afternoon near Burning Tree Trail, northeast of Franktown, and spread quickly amid strong winds, prompting officials to evacuate residents within a four-mile radius.
Several hours later, after light rain and even a few snowflakes fell on eastern Douglas County, fire activity slowed dramatically and all evacuation orders were lifted.
Roughly 120 horses, two goats, one donkey, and a number of house pets were sheltered at the Douglas County Fairgrounds overnight.