Northwest Colorado fire quickly spreads to 1,200 acres
August 4, 2009
MAYBELL, Colo. – A lightning-caused wildfire in northwest Colorado has quickly spread to about 1,200 acres.
Firefighters say the blaze started at about 4 p.m. Monday on federal land 20 miles west of the small town of Maybell. Maybell is 170 miles west of Denver and 100 miles north of Grand Junction.
Officials say no structures are threatened. No injuries have been reported.
The fire started in ponderosa pine but then moved into pinon and juniper, quickly spreading across the treetops.
About 65 ground firefighters and smoke jumpers were sent to the scene Monday, along with three single-engine air tankers and two helicopters.