PARADOX, Colo. (AP) – About 400 firefighters and five helicopters are battling an eight-square-mile wildfire in western Colorado.

Fire managers expect calm winds again Tuesday but slightly higher temperatures. The fire is four miles north of Paradox and 220 miles west of Denver near the Colorado-Utah border.

The fire started Friday and is 30 percent contained. The cause is under investigation.

sunrise hill fire 400 Firefighters, 5 Copters At Western Colorado Wildfire

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About 150 firefighters are at a second fire that has scorched four square miles near Pagosa Springs, about 200 miles southwest of Denver.

Containment was at zero late Sunday.

little sand fire 400 Firefighters, 5 Copters At Western Colorado Wildfire

(credit: CBS)

Some residents have been told to be prepared to evacuate but no evacuations had been ordered. About 10 homes and cabins are north of the fire and 30 or 40 are to the east.

Lightning started the fire May 13.

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