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Community meeting scheduled this evening for Canyonlands Fire

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jul 12, 2019

CAÑON CITY — As firefighters work to construct fire lines around the Canyon Lands Fire in Fremont County, there will be a public meeting Friday to update people in the area about the fire.

The meeting is being held at 5:30 p.m. at the Fremont County Office of Emergency Management. That is located at 201 N. 6th Street in Cañon City. Incident Commander Matt Norden and BLM Field Manager Keith Berger will update people on their firefighting strategy and what they expect to see out of the fire in the coming days.

The fire has currently burned 40 acres and is 0% contained. Officials say the fire is not threatening any structures at this time.

On Thursday, strong winds stoked the fire, burning interior parts of the fire area and producing more smoke. However, water drops were effective at limiting the fire's growth. Hot shot crews from Wyoming and Boulder County also began building fire lines on the northwest side of the fire area.

Currently, two helicopters are assigned to the fire and are working to keep it from spreading. It was caused by lightning on Tuesday, and it is burning on Bureau of Land Management land.