Colorado

Oct 6, 2010 8:22 AM by Associated Press

Colorado wildfire now 40% contained

Firefighters continue to build containment lines around a 530-acre wildfire burning in the mountains near Fraser.

The fire, less than a square mile, is burning on public land and is about two miles away from homes. Because of that, and the risk posed by falling trees, firefighters are focusing on building containment lines around the blaze, which is 40 percent contained.

Fire spokeswoman Sue Valente said Tuesday that crews aren't venturing into the interior of the fire so it may continue to smoke until colder weather and snow brings an end to the fire season.

It's one of the first major fires in Colorado to break out in an area where large stands of trees have been killed by pine beetles. Those dead trees are at risk of toppling.

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