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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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.
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.READ MORE: Judge Rules David Lesh Used National Lands Illegally To Promote Outdoor Apparel Company
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.
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