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Air and ground firefight paying off at YMCA Fire

Posted at 8:51 PM, Jul 09, 2020

FREMONT COUNTY — There was an aggressive firefight Thursday at the YMCA Fire near Canon City, Colorado. Ground crews, planes and helicopters all moved swiftly to try and slow the wildfire’s spread.

The fire is currently not threatening and structures and there are no evacuations. Still, at just four miles outside of Canon City and it highly visible. For some in Canon City it is too close for comfort. "It's not even necessarily the flames touching here. It's the embers being blown to start landing on things here where the winds start ripping really hard," said Canon City resident, Heidi Apple. She was evacuated from her home in 2013 during the Royal Gorge Fire that burned not far from this fire.

Apple’s home is within a block of where helicopters dumping water on the fire are refilling at a holding pond. "My whole house is jiggling, but I'd rather have that than those flames." She and many other locals are pleased with all the air support sent to this fire.

The most recent estimate shows the fire at around 300 acres. The number will likely grow when the area is mapped in the morning. Firefighters are doing well against the fire, but with hot dry temperatures and little rain in the forecast, the firefight will require persistence over days.