COALDALE, Colo. (AP) – Firefighters say a wildfire is continuing to burn near Coaldale, where they have it 20 percent contained and are protecting structures.

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(credit: CPS Canon City, Twitter)

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Incident commanders said Sunday that they are letting the fire burn in a nearby wilderness area because they don’t want to send firefighters into dangerous places.

People began evacuating July 10 after the fire flared up from a lightning strike several days earlier. It has burned 25 square miles.

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(credit: CBS)

In northern Colorado, the state’s largest fire, burning along the Colorado-Wyoming border, has blackened more than 35 square miles. The fire started June 19 and is still burning mostly out of control.

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Crews have contained other fires in the state, including one that destroyed eight homes in the mountains near Boulder, where evacuees have been allowed to return.

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) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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