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Pike National Forest Fire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Crews fighting the 80-acre wildfire in Pike National Forest near Denver took to the air Wednesday morning -- attacking flames that have scorched parts of Waterton Canyon.

Lower temperatures and higher humidity helped keep that blaze in check overnight, but breezes in the area are starting to pick up this morning, posing a risk of fanning those flames.

So far, though, the fire is burning along the ground -- not in the trees.

A larger helicopter than one used Tuesday went up early Wednesday morning. Two single-engine tankers are expected to take to the air between 8:30 and nine o-clock to help drop water and slurry on the fire.

About 60 extra firefighters are also scheduled to help Wednesday.

A lightning strike sparked the blaze Tuesday


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