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Southwest Colorado wildfire being allowed to burn

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DOVE CREEK, Colo. – Fire crews are no longer actively fighting a nearly 7,000-acre wildfire burning in a canyon in southwestern Colorado.

The fire was 90 percent contained on Sunday, nine days after a lightning strike sparked it. It’s about 12 miles southeast of Dove Creek near the Utah border.

Fire information officer Eric La Price said it hasn’t moved or grown so managers have decided to monitor it until it burns itself out or it gets a significant rain fall.

Some rain fell Thursday. It wasn’t enough to extinguish the fire but enough to make it too wet to conduct a planned burnout. Managers decided it was too risky too send firefighters into the canyon to fight it directly.

Starting Monday, local hot shot crews and federal land officials will take over management of the fire to cut down costs. Fighting the fire has cost $1.9 million since it started Aug. 7.