Firefighters battling San Miguel County blaze |

Firefighters battling San Miguel County blaze

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

MONTROSE, Colo. – Firefighters say a fast-spreading wildfire near Norwood has grown to 3,000 acres.

The Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit says the blaze has been fueled by wind gusts of up to 45 mph and some flames have reached 300 feet height.

The unit says about 120 personnel were fighting the blaze as of late Saturday night.

No homes have been evacuated, and no structures are immediately threatened. But the San Miguel County Sheriff’s office has asked area residents to be prepared in case the fire grows Sunday when continued high winds are predicted.

Dubbed the Beaver Fire, the blaze started in San Miguel Canyon sometime Saturday afternoon and spread quickly, shutting down Highway 145 for several hours.