Firefighters get help from weather in Colorado
June 24, 2010
CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) – A 700-acre wildfire west of Canon City is 65 percent contained, thanks to an aggressive attack by air and cooler weather.
Evacuation orders for some of the area homes and businesses have been lifted. The stretch of the Arkansas River running through the Royal Gorge will be reopened to rafting Thursday.
The fire about 100 miles south of Denver started Monday when a series of small blazes broke out. Officials say the fire was human-caused, but the source is still under investigation.
The number of firefighters likely will be slowly reduced starting Thursday.
The fire has burned one home and barn and damaged five other homes.
A 4,900-acre wildfire continues to burn in the Great Sand Dunes National Park in south-central Colorado. No buildings are threatened.