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Crews Battle Wildfire Near Colorado-Utah Border

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — Crews are battling a wildfire that has scorched at least 2,800 acres of rugged canyonland near the Colorado-Utah border.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin says the fire started Friday afternoon and is burning in a remote area near Paradox. It is not threatening any structures, and no injuries have been reported.

Shannon Borders, a spokeswoman for The Bureau of Land Management, says sheriff’s deputies are evacuating the Buckeye Reservoir area, a popular recreation spot near the Utah border.

Heavy air tankers and thousands of firefighters are on standby across Colorado as fire managers keep a close watch on high winds and hot temperatures at the start of Memorial Day weekend. Segin says two heavy air tankers have been taken to Grand Junction, where the fire danger is highest.

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Wildfire Resources

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Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfire (Fourmile Fire) and largest wildfire (Hayman Fire) in Colorado history.


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