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Firefighters battle fire burning on Colorado's plains

Posted at 4:05 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 18:05:01-04

LAS ANIMAS, Colo. (AP) — Fire crews are fighting a wildfire estimated to be burning on about 300 acres on Colorado's plains.

The Gazette reported that the fire started Thursday night in a riverbed near the Bent County Correctional Facility in a rural area east of Las Animas.

Bent County emergency manager Rick Stwalley said seven people were evacuated Friday because of the fire but the number could rise because of the high fire danger.

The area and the rest of the Colorado's southeastern corner are under a red flag warning because of gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels.