By Ben Warwick


DINOSAUR, Colorado (CBS4) – A wildfire is burning at one of Colorado’s national monuments on the Western Slope. An estimated 160 acres were scored Thursday morning near Dinosaur National Monument’s headquarters.

(credit: U.S. Forest Service)

The U.S. Forest Service says a visitor spotted the flames Wednesday afternoon. A handful of Colorado agencies were working together to put the fire out.

Air tankers are dropping retardant to help control the blaze which the National Parks Service said was human-caused.

The Canyon Visitor Center was closed for a short time due to the fire but reopened mid-morning on Thursday.

Crews hope to have the fire fully contained by Thursday night.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Colorado Wildfires 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.

Ben Warwick

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