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Officials: 300 Homes Evacuated Near Walsenburg

WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP) – Residents from 300 homes remain evacuated because of the fire burning 10 miles south of Walsenburg.

The city of Walsenburg and the town of Aguilar also remain on pre-evacuation notice because of the East Peak Fire that has grown to 18 square miles.

Fire management team spokeswoman Susan Valente says the fire Saturday is in forest that has trees killed by beetles and is littered with dead tree branches.

Fire officials with the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center say the dry weather isn’t expected to let up until Tuesday.

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