Saturday, April 7, 2012

Colorado Fires: Crews battle wildfires around state amid strong winds

Crews vigorously attacked a wildfires that erupted Friday around the state as high winds threatened to spread them quickly.

Most of the fires were contained by nightfall, although crews were on the scenes overnight to ensure nothing reignited.

A 100-acre wildfire 2 miles north of Gunnison prompted evacuations of 58 homes before firefighters contained it Friday, Gunnison County officials said.

A smaller fire west of Gunnison was still burning on about 40 acres in 40 mph gusts Friday evening. Sheriff’s officials said residents could start preparing to leave just in case.

The smaller fire was reported in Little Blue Canyon between Gunnison and Montrose. It wasn’t clear how either fire started.

Meanwhile, about 35 miles southwest of Denver, firefighters planned to stay overnight at a 5-acre wildfire on grassy terrain in the Pike National Forest in Jefferson County. The fire was about 15 miles from where a March wildfire scorched 6 square miles and killed as many as three people. Read More