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Colorado: Pine Ridge Fire fully contained

No new fires reported

A slurry drop at the Pine Ridge Fire. Photo courtesy Brian Borjon/InciWeb.

Firing operations help firefighters contain the Pine Ridge Fire along one of its boundaries. Photo courtesy InciWeb.org.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Despite facing windy conditions, firefighting crews were able to fully contain the Pine Ridge Fire that burned northeast of Grand Junction for eight days, at one point forcing the evacuation of an entire town as the flames raced toward De Beque.

Incident commander Bill Hahnenberg declared the fire contained at about 6 p.m. on July 4. The fire burned across 13,920 acres in dry brush and scattered stands of piñon pines. At times, the fire burned within sight of the Colorado River and required the intermittent closure of I-70. Continue reading

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SW Colorado Weber Fire grows to 8,000 acres

Fire near Mancos uncontained, but no homes lost

The Durango Herald has been staying on top of the Weber Fire, with timely reports and photo galleries. Click to visit the Herald’s website for more information.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Weber Fire, burning in bone-dry southwest Colorado, grew to almost 8,000 acres by Sunday night, but at last reports, hadn’t burned any structures.

The fire is burning near the towns of Mancos and Cortez, west of Durango, Colorado.

With the federal fire information website InciWeb.org apparently experiencing some technical difficulties, residents of the area have created a Facebook page to post information on the fire, including links to local and regional media reports. Continue reading

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