Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Colorado fire held, but new one in Arizona

Containment expected soon in blaze that forced 5,000 to flee
BEULAH, Colo. - Improving weather helped crews make progress against a wildfire that had forced nearly 5,000 people to flee their homes, officials said Wednesday.
The blaze in the Wet Mountains had grown to 12,200 acres, but firefighters had extended their containment lines around 40 percent of the fire.
“Monday we got a toehold and yesterday we put a foot in,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman Dave Steinke said.Elsewhere, however, a 6,000-acre blaze had jumped containment lines in southern Arizona and owners of about 30 cabins were urged to evacuate a valley that is a world-renowned bird-watching area.


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