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Aug 10, 2011 8:29 PM by Trovette Tottress

Hotshot crews headed to fight Colorado wildfire

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) - Two Hotshot crews are in northwestern Colorado to keep a fast-moving wildfire from growing after it destroyed an outbuilding, damaged a power pole and threatened communication towers.


The 75-acre fire started around noon Tuesday. Fire managers were hoping to fully contain it Wednesday night. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.
There have been no injuries or evacuations. In addition to the Hotshot crews, a single-engine air tanker was on standby Wednesday at the Craig airport in case firefighters
needed it.


The Bureau of Land Management had thinned vegetation around the communication towers four years ago to help protect the equipment. Separately, fire managers are largely allowing a 400-acre blaze in the remote Little Bookcliffs Wilderness Study Area north of Grand Junction to burn to clear out pinyon-juniper stands.

 

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