Crews encircling Canon City fire; new fire starts on east side of Park
June 25, 2010
CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) – Crews made more headway against 630-acre wildfire near Canon City on Thursday, while a smaller blaze was spotted on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Canon City blaze was 85 percent contained, and all evacuation orders were lifted. One home and a barn were burned, and five other homes were damaged.
The fire is 100 miles south of Denver. Officials say it was human-caused.
The Rocky Mountain National Park fire burned up to five acres about five miles north of Estes Park. The cause was unknown. Park officials requested aerial tankers and smoke jumpers.
Another fire burned three outbuildings and forced the closure of U.S. 34 in Grand Lake, 55 miles northwest of Denver.
Elbert County officials said a wildfire burned about 90 acres, a haystack, a barn and a vehicle before it was contained.
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A wildfire was still burning on about 5,300 acres in Great Sand Dunes National Park and on national forest land.