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Campbell Wildfire

By: KKTV 11 News
By: KKTV 11 News

Firefighting officials are sending a lot of people and equipment to battle the Campbell Fire in Park Cunty. The fire had burned an estimated 200 acres as of Friday. Officials say it's about 25% contained.

The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center says the Campbell fire is threatening about 40 homes and 20 outbuildings.

Officials have sent about 140 firefighters and four air tankers to fight the fire.

The Park County Sheriff's Department has set up a hotline for residents to get the latest information and any possible evacuation notices:

719-836-4151

The reason this fire is called the Campbell Fire is because it started on a 3,500 acre ranch owned by the Campbell family. As you can imagine, it's been a rough few days for them.

The ranch has been in the Campbell family since the 1930's. There was a forest fire on the land about 40 years ago, but it wasn't this big. The fire is burning about a mile and a half from the Campbell's home. They've been watching it since Tuesday, when it erupted.

"The smoke was high into the air. It got to 40 acres before it even got started," said Mary Campbell. She has not seen the land that's been charred, and she's not even sure how much is gone. But she's taking it in stride. "It's going to hurt, but it's just rocks and trees. It's not valuable land---it is land."

Campbell, like so many mountain residents living near the fire, can now only watch and wait. "We were here yesterday and it was fairly clear. Now it's windy and smoky." The fire has been creeping from ridge to ridge. But they still feel they're a safe distance away. "If it takes the place---it does. I hope we get some rain."

In other parts of the state:

In Western Colorado, the largest fire in the state has grown to about 22-hundred acres. It's burning about 40 miles north of Grand Junction.

Another large fire called the Bear Creek Fire northeast of Durango has grown to about two-thousand acres from 32 acres yesterday. Officials say it's manageable and are letting it burn.

Smaller fires are burning in the foothills southwest of Denver and in the state's central mountains.


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