Firefighters Battle Colorado Fire on 400 Acres

National Guard helicopters helping ground crews

 

The blaze did calm down overnight and was estimated at 50 percent containment Saturday morning. At sundown the day before, there was no containment. (CBS Denver, YouTube)

 

LAS ANIMAS, Colo. (AP) — Fire crews are fighting a wildfire estimated to be burning on about 400 acres (0.63 square miles) on Colorado’s plains.

The Gazette reported that the fire started Thursday night in a riverbed near the Bent County Correctional Facility in a rural area east of Las Animas.

Bent County emergency manager Rick Stwalley said seven homes were evacuated Friday because of the fire but the number could rise because of the high fire danger.

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National Guard helicopters were dispatched to help ground crews.

The area and the rest of the Colorado’s southeastern corner were under a red flag warning because of gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels.

Evacuations Lifted for Black Ridge Fire in Bent County, CBS Denver

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National Guard helicopters helping ground crews     LAS ANIMAS, Colo. (AP) — Fire crews are fighting a wildfire estimated to be burning on about 400 acres (0.63 square miles) on Colorado’s plains. The Gazette reported that the fire started Thursday night in a riverbed near the Bent County Correctional Facility in a rural area […]

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