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The Grand Junction Air Center called on Aspen volunteer firefighters Annie Gonzales, Chris Hopkins and Parker Lathrop to help combat a wildfire near Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado.

Hot, dry, windy weather caused the Thomas Fire to spread nearly 3,000 acres to 3,700 acres Wednesday. By Thursday, the blaze had cooled down, and crews were getting a handle on the fire. It was fully contained Saturday.



Fire officials expected to have the 3,347-acre fire fully controlled by tomorrow.

The fire was started by lightning and erupted Tuesday. It destroyed a cabin and two power poles.




The fire has cost an estimated $800,000 to fight.

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) ” An apparent oil-pressure problem caused a United Airlines flight to make an unscheduled landing at Walker Field Airport, an airport spokesman said.

An emergency light for one of the plane’s two engines alerted pilots to the problem Saturday evening, said airport spokesman Charlie Novinskie. The pilot turned off the engine and landed the aircraft with the remaining engine, he said.

A plane from Denver arrived to take the 47 people on board on to San Jose, Calif.


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