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Updates on wildfires raging across Colorado

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The Lake Christine Fire seen overnight from the Willits Town Center looking north across Highway 82 toward El Jebel.
Jack Elder / Courtesy photo

Wildfires continue to rage across the state, with two active fires now among the 10 largest in state history.

The Spring Fire in southern Colorado has grown to an astonishing 94,000 acres, which makes it the third largest in state history. Over 100 houses have been destroyed and over 2,000 residents have been evacuated from the area east of Fort Garland. That fire is only 5 percent contained.

The Lake Christine Fire, which began July 4, caused by tracer rounds being fired at a Basalt State Wildlife Area shooting range, has since destroyed three homes and has burned about 2,700 acres north of Aspen. The fire prompted the evacuation of the town of Basalt on the Fourth.

The 416 Fire near Durango has been burning for over a month and has consumed over 53,000 acres, which makes it the sixth largest fire in state history. No evacuations have been ordered as the fire has not threatened developed communities. That fire is now 45 percent contained.

The Weston Pass Fire near Fairplay has grown to over 10,000 acres and is only 15 percent contained. Several homes were evacuated and U.S. Highway 285 and County Road 22 remain closed, but the fire is not currently an immediate threat to people, homes or other structures.

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