Major Gas Leak

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Xcel Energy is keeping a four-inch high pressure gas line open despite a leak to keep heat going to 20-thousand homes in Highlands Ranch.

Sixty-one homes have been evacuated.

Spokesman Mark Stutz says the Oklahoma crew should go to work this afternoon (Saturday).

A bypass is being installed around the leak.

Stutz, urged consumers to be careful with space heaters and other alternative heat sources.

The Weather Service says the temperature is eight below in Highlands Ranch.