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East Canyon Fire 95 percent contained

 Photo: Montezuma County
Photo: Montezuma County (KKTV)
Published: Jun. 15, 2020 at 9:16 AM MDT
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A fire burning in southwestern Colorado is now 95 percent contained.

The East Canyon Fire broke out in Montezuma County June 14 near the town of Mancos and rapidly ballooned in size on the same day, reaching nearly 900 acres by nightfall. As of Tuesday, the fire remains at 2,905 acres, burning primarily on Bureau of Land Management land and some private land in Montezuma and La Plata counties. Officials say the land has been difficult to access, making aircrafts essential to the firefight.

Despite the challenges, firefighters reached 50 percent containment over the weekend and have continued gaining from there. No structures have been lost since the fire started.

The fire is burning about 20 miles east of Durango. Officials say it was started by lightning.

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