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BLM keeps tabs on Wingo-area wildfire

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is monitoring a small wildfire the area of Wingo Junction, just north of Highway 82 at mile marker 27 in Snowmass Canyon.

BLM spokesman David Boyd said what’s being called the “Wingo fire” was likely started Saturday by lightning. It had grown to 6 acres as of Sunday at 7 p.m.

The fire is not a threat to residential areas and authorities are treating it in the manner of a prescribed burn, Boyd said.

Five firefighters kept an eye on the slow-moving wildfire Sunday, he said. “It’s not a safe place to get into so we’re just going to let it bring natural benefits to our ecosystem.”

Thus far, 2011 hasn’t been a severely dry year in northwest Colorado, Boyd said, explaining why the fire is not expected to expand significantly.

“There’s no reason to throw a lot of resources into it,” he said. “If we need to use a helicopter, there might be one available Monday.”

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The Pitkin County Alert system notified those on its text-message list about the blaze at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.