CRAIG, Colo. (CBS4) — Firefighters from Denver have joined the more than 200 firefighters battling a wildfire on Colorado’s Western Slope that has forced some evacuations.

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(credit: Rio Blanco County)

The Dead Dog Fire is located 10 miles north of Rangely and it has burned more than 5,000 acres. It grew on Monday amid strong winds that were recorded at speeds of higher than 70 mph at times.

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(credit: Rio Blanco County Sheriff)

“We’re there. We’re actively fighting it. And doing everything we can to make sure (residents) are safe,” said Rio Blanco County Sheriff Anthony Mazzola.

The community of Blue Mountain near Dinosaur was evacuated for a short time during the day on Monday because of the fire. Then late Monday night authorities announced that the Deserado Mine and train load area was evacuated.

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(credit: Rio Blanco County Sheriff)

The strong winds grounded aerial firefighting crews during the day on Monday.

Rio Blanco County Road 1 and Moffat County Road 134 were also closed as part of the firefighting effort.

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(credit: Rio Blanco County Sheriff)

Several other fires are also burning in western Colorado right now, including the nearby Hunter Fire.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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