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Natty Fire now 100 percent contained

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Officials updated the Natty Fire burning in Fremont County is now 100 percent contained as of Sunday evening. 

Significant growth for the Natty Fire slowed Friday night in Fremont County, but firefighters wouldn't let their guards down on the fire on the blaze and were able to gain 70 percent containment by Saturday night. 

Officials said the fire burned an estimated 79 acres. The cause of the fire was determined to be lightning.

There were no evacuations ordered, along with no reports of homes or structures damaged. There are no areas under evacuation and no current road closures. 

Gregg Goodland, who is serving as the public information officer for this fire, said air support from tankers and helicopters helped keep the fire from growing more Friday.

"The fire retardant has probably helped immensely in slowing this fire's advance down," Goodland said. 

    There is currently a line of retardant around the fire area, crews are working to build containment lines around the fire area. 

    The fire burned at the top of Cooper Mountain, between Phantom Canyon and Red Canyon, which is about 9 miles north of Cañon City. Officials said weather would be the significant factor in the BLM's strategy Sunday, which lead to full containment by the evening. 

    Goodland said about 80 firefighters were assigned to battle the blaze. Crews are expected to remain on site over the next few days to assure the fire is fully extinguished. 

    Goodland said additional firefighters and firefighting equipment were pre-positioned in southern Colorado, which allowed for quick response to keep the fire from growing.

    The following air resources are assigned to the fire:

    • 1 large air tanker
    • 2 single engine aircraft tankers
    • 3 helicopters

    Fremont County and all federal lands in the surrounding areas are currently under stage 1 burn restrictions, so be sure to follow rules in those areas this weekend.

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