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Firefighters build containment lines at Salida-area wildfire

Posted at 6:26 PM, Oct 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-06 20:26:59-04

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — More than 800 firefighters continue to work on containment lines for a central Colorado wildfire that has charred nearly 10 square miles (25 square kilometers) of national forest land.

The fire has destroyed a cabin and another structure as its northern edge reached 2 miles (3.6 kilometers) south of Salida, forcing the evacuation of about 130 homes.

Unseasonably warm and dry conditions have fueled the fire, caused by lightning in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area on Sept. 8. It had been allowed to burn beetle-killed trees until high winds spread flames northward.

Officials also are monitoring a 1.5-square-mile (2.5-square-kilometer) wildfire on forest land 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Rifle.

Lightning started the fire on July 28. It, too, has been allowed to consume dead timber.