Wildfire burning near Canon City now 90 percent contained

Canyonlands Fire on July 10, 2019.
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FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A wildfire burning near Canon City is now 90 percent contained.

Favorable weather conditions including rain on Sunday helped cool the fire and gave crews a chance to start building lines around the fire. The fire was at 0 percent containment to start the weekend and 25 percent by Monday morning. Firefighters were able to continue the work started over the weekend, completing the line around the perimeter of the fire.

The fire sparked on the afternoon of July 9 after a lightning strike in the area. Known as the Canyonlands Fire, it is burning in a rugged area 9 miles northwest of Canon City. The area is described as isolated and no structures are threatened.

The fire has burned about 50 acres as of Wednesday morning.

To date, over 125,000 gallons of water have been dropped on the fire. The public is advised to not fly drones over the fire, as that can impede fire operations and even threaten the safety of those in the helicopters.

About 70 firefighters were battling the fire, but a number of firefighters are being released Wednesday.