Wildfires Burning In Western Colorado Region

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Firefighters are working to contain a series of wildfires in western Colorado, including one that's creeping toward homes and gas wells near Parachute.

About 50 lightning strikes from a storm that moved through the region Sunday night started the fires. That's according to Mel Lloyd, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Land Management's area fire management unit.

Of biggest concern is a five-acre blaze dubbed the Cottonwood Creek fire, which is burning within 200 yards of gas wells and homes, about four miles east of Parachute.

No evacuations or damage have been reported.

A 350-acre fire is burning in a rugged, remote area of federal land above Interstate 70 between the Cameo exit and De Beque.

About four other blazes remained active from Sunday night.

Firefighting crews were dispatched from county and volunteer departments as well as the federal agencies. In addition, some air tanker and other aerial support have been summoned.

Monday's forecast called for low humidity, high winds and high temperatures.

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