LAS ANIMAS, Colo. (AP) — Fire crews are fighting a wildfire estimated to be burning on about 300 acres on Colorado’s plains. The Gazette reported that the fire started Thursday night in a riverbed near the Bent County Correctional Facility in a rural area east of Las Animas.

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Bent County emergency manager Rick Stwalley said seven people were evacuated Friday because of the fire but the number could rise because of the high fire danger.

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The area and the rest of the Colorado’s southeastern corner are under a red flag warning because of gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels.

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