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West Fork Complex Fire 19 Percent Contained

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Higher humidity and light rain over the weekend helped firefighting efforts over the weekend on an enormous wildfire burning in southwest Colorado.

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Higher humidity and light rain over the weekend helped firefighting efforts over the weekend on an enormous wildfire burning in southwest Colorado.

Known collectively as the West Fork Complex Fire, the fire actually consists of three separate wildfires burning near each other. They each started in June and are lightning-caused. Together, the fires have burned 110,405 acres as of Monday and are 19 percent contained.

The 19 percent number is down from an earlier estimate of 25 percent containment. Authorities say the number went down due to a more accurate assessment of the total burn area. The fire only crew slightly over the weekend.

Inciweb.org also shows the fires' growth potential as "medium," down from "high" as recently as last week.

The fire is threatening almost 450 structures, but to date has not damaged any.

A community meeting is planned for Wednesday evening in Creede to give a fire update and to address the concerns of those impacted by the fire.


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