Planned Colorado Fire Burns Out of Control

GROVER, Colo. (AP) -- A prescribed burn pushed by wind gusts of more than 36 mph unintentionally scorched at least 300 acres Saturday in northern Colorado, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

The planned fire burned uncontrolled for about 90 minutes before it was fully contained by about 25 firefighters Saturday afternoon, Forest Service spokeswoman Mary Chambers said. No one was injured.

The fire was on shortgrass prairie about 15 miles northeast of Grover. Between 100 and 150 acres were on private land, Chambers said.

The fire damaged three power poles but no structures were threatened.

The burn was planned to reintroduce fire into the ecosystem and improve nesting habitat for the mountain plover, a small long-legged prairie bird.

Grover is about 120 miles northeast of Denver near the Wyoming and Nebraska borders.

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