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Fire Prompts Evacuations In Delta County

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CEDAREDGE, Colo. (AP) – Crews are mopping up a fire in western Colorado near Cedaredge that had prompted evacuations.

Delta County sheriff’s Lt. William Palmer says the fire has stopped progressing after burning on about 60 acres Friday, and crews are mopping up hot spots.

Officials say the blaze started in or near a barn and destroyed that structure, but Delta County Emergency Manager Rob Fiedler says no homes were believed lost.

There was no immediate word of the fire’s cause.

Cedaredge-area resident James TenNapel told The Daily Sentinel that his son was burned while trying to warn residents to leave.

There was no word on the number of evacuees, but Undersheriff Mark Taylor says all were expected to be back in their homes by late Friday night.

Meanwhile in the Durango area in southwest Colorado, crews fought a wildfire at the base of Animas Mountain. No structures were immediately threatened.

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