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Encana Shuts Down 32 Gas Wells Due To Wildfires

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Encana Corp. has shut down 32 natural gas wells in central Colorado because of a nearby wildfire.

Company spokesman Doug Hock said Friday the shutdowns are just a precaution. Garfield County officials say two wells owned by WPX Energy have also been shut down.

Maria Pina of Colorado River Fire Rescue says the fire is located about a quarter mile from some of the wells, but no structures are currently threatened. She said the fire is expected to be under control soon.

Garfield County sheriff’s spokesman Walt Stowe says several wildfires broke out Thursday because of lightning strikes.

The largest fire, in the Beaver Creek and Porcupine Creek areas near the wells, covered 6 acres and was quickly knocked down.

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