200 Acre Fire in Mesa County

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Officials say a rapidly spreading wildfire near Silt burned within about ten yards of a home Saturday, but no structures were lost.

Bureau of Land Management spokesman David Boyd says about 80 firefighters, more than ten engines, a helicopter and single-engine air tanker fought the fire, estimated at about 40 acres.

Ten homes were near the fire, including two that were immediately threatened.

Boyd says the flames started burning away from the homes Saturday.

In Mesa County, sheriff's officials alerted 150 homes and businesses to a 200-acre fire about 10 miles southeast of Grand Junction.

Both fires were believed to have been started by lightning.

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