Beaver Creek Fire remains active, structure protection a priority

A total of 5,482 acres have burned so far
Posted at 10:49 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-25 00:49:56-04

Firefighters are clearing brush and wetting grass on the edges of a forest near the Colorado-Wyoming border where a blaze has burned 8 square miles.

Crews are concentrating on keeping the flames from about 40 nearby vacation homes. So far, only a few small structures have burned.

Officials have stepped up their response since the blaze broke out Sunday, with 379 firefighters on the lines versus 120 earlier in the week. A team experienced in dealing with a complex fire got in place Thursday.

Team spokesman Brian Scott said Friday that large, standing trees killed by a beetle infestation are fueling the blaze. A dead tree could fall at any time, creating a risk to firefighters.

Scott says heavy rains overnight didn't dampen much of the fire, but it didn't spread. Thunderstorms expected this weekend could bring winds that spread the flames.


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