Crews battle wildfire near Parachute |

Crews battle wildfire near Parachute

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Aspen, CO Colorado
Courtesy Bureau of Land ManagementThe Housetop Fire burns Monday evening about five miles west of Parachute.

PARACHUTE, Colo. ” Firefighters continued to work Tuesday to control a 150-acre wildfire burning five miles southwest of Parachute in western Colorado.

The fire is 50 percent contained, according to an Associated Press report.

The Bureau of Land Management said lightning ignited the Housetop Fire at about 7 p.m. Monday. It’s burning pinyon-juniper vegetation on BLM and private lands in Mesa County.

The fire is about three-quarters of a mile west of some 25 homes in the Housetop Mesa subdivision, said BLM public information officer David Boyd.

He said Mesa County officials and the BLM notified residents about the fire and suggested they may want to leave, but no evacuations were ordered.

By 11 a.m. Tuesday, the fire hadn’t increased in size since late Monday night.

“The real key time will be this afternoon as winds pick up and the temperatures are warmer,” Boyd said. “We’d hoped for a little bit of a break with cooler, overcast weather, but right now that’s not the case.”

Gas-producing wells in the area have been shut down as a precautionary measure, Boyd said.

About 100 people are fighting the fire. Two hot shot crews, the Juniper Valley crew, eight engines and a local Incident Management Team are on the scene, the BLM said in a news release.

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