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Gazette Premium Content Colorado wildfire quadruples to 32 square miles

The Associated Press Updated: July 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm
photo - The South Fork fire burns northeast of Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (U.S. Forest Service) + caption
The South Fork fire burns northeast of Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (U.S. Forest Service)
The Associated Press Updated: July 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm • Published: July 24, 2014

Crews are battling a small, four-acre wildfire Wednesday northeast of Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest, according to a the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. Campers and hikers in the area have been evacuated as the lightning-sparked blaze burns, forest officials...

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CRAIG — Fire crews took advantage of cloud cover and higher humidity Thursday to keep a 32-square-mile wildfire under control in northwestern Colorado.

Lynn Barclay, a spokeswoman for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, says the Alkali Fire has destroyed a cabin, barn and propane tank, but no injuries have been reported. The fire is 50 percent contained.

Three head of cattle have been killed and ranchers have moved other livestock.

The fire, burning in sagebrush and grassland, was reported at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. It grew from almost 8 square miles to 32 square miles overnight.

About 70 firefighters are battling the blaze on federal and private land about 14 miles north of Craig and 150 miles northwest of Denver. Investigators have not said what caused the fire.

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