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Straight Creek Fire burning near Dillon Reservoir 100 percent contained

Fire crews reached full containment on the Straight Creek Fire Sunday, June 13, 2021, four days...
Fire crews reached full containment on the Straight Creek Fire Sunday, June 13, 2021, four days after the blaze ignited east of Dillon.(White River National Forest)
Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 8:11 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 6:21 AM MDT
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SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (KKTV) - A fire burning just off Interstate 70 is now 100 percent contained.

As anticipated, firefighters reached full containment on the Straight Creek Fire Sunday afternoon.

The Straight Creek Fire sparked Thursday night just south of I-70 and about 2 miles east of the Dillon Reservoir. It was originally estimated at 10-15 acres but was later downgraded to 8. Dozens of firefighters descended on the area, assisted by helicopters, and despite the less-than-optimal fire conditions over the weekend were able to keep the blaze from growing.

“This fire had the potential to significantly grow today,” said Dillon District Ranger Adam Bianchi on Friday. “The aggressive responsive coordinated among federal, state and local resources kept it small.”

The fire was largely burning in live and beetle-killed spruce trees. There were no reports of structures threatened, and no evacuations were issued. The U.S. Forest Service did close trails southeast of the fire as a precaution. As of Monday, the closure remains in place. Click here for a map.

With the fire contained, most firefighters are being released, but the Forest Service says local crews will continue to monitor the burn area.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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