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Forest Service Considers Changes Near Boulder

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The Maxwell Fire burning in Lefthand Canyon on Sunday. (credit: CBS)

The Maxwell Fire burning in Lefthand Canyon on Sunday. (credit: CBS)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is considering policy changes following the third fire this year in a canyon northwest of Boulder.

Spokeswoman Elsha Kirby says the agency is reviewing current uses of the forest and their impact on public safety and available resources.

Kirby said Wednesday crews will be kept on standby over the holiday weekend in case the fire flares up. She said a popular off highway vehicle road in the canyon will remain closed.

Firefighters say the fire was started by an abandoned campfire located 50 feet north of Lefthand Canyon Drive.

Fire managers said the fire is about 80 percent contained and restricted to about 60 acres.

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

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