Colorado

Mar 23, 2011 11:48 AM by Greg Boyce

Golden fire still 20 percent contained

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters worked through the night to prevent a wildfire burning west of Denver from growing.

Smoke was rising from the nearly 2-square-mile blaze in the foothills near Golden on Wednesday morning. The fire is still only about 20 percent contained. Authorities say the good news is that crews were mostly able to keep the fire from spreading.  Firefighters had faced gusts of 75 mph in some areas. The National Weather Service says the strong winds are expected to diminish after mid-morning. That would open the door to using helicopters to once again drop water on the fire.

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