Costs To Fight Duckett Fire Reach $4M

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) – Fire officials say costs of fighting a blaze burning on seven square miles in the southern Colorado mountains have reached about $4 million.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity Saturday helped crews build containment lines around 30 percent of the Duckett fire, but the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for Sunday, meaning strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures made conditions right for the potential of rapid fire growth.

Nearly 650 people were at the scene to fight the fire.

About 130 homes in Custer and Fremont counties have been evacuated because of the flames.

The fire started June 19 in the San Isabel National Forest. Authorities suspect it was human-caused, but the cause remains under investigation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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