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Jul 12, 2012 5:38 AM by Kate Richards

Colorado crews fighting small fires in NW Colorado

MAYBELL, Colo. (AP) - Crews in northwestern Colorado are fighting several fires sparked by lightning but none have prompted evacuations.

The Cedar Knob fire has burned nearly 1,200 acres on private land near Maybell in Moffat County. The fire was threatening a cabin and some outbuildings but no houses. The fire was 25 percent contained Wednesday.

An 8-acre fire in the Cold Springs area near the Wyoming and Utah borders is 90 percent contained.

A quarter-acre fire near Rangely in Rio Blanco County is contained and crews are mopping up.

Several other fires were contained before they could spread.

Rain fell in the region over the weekend, but fire managers say they would need at least 4 inches of rain to escape the danger of lightning igniting new fires.

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