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Lighter winds help slow down massive southwest Colorado fire

By: The Associated Press
June 26, 2013 Updated: June 26, 2013 at 9:40 am
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photo - Florida firefighter Jim Durrwachter puts his socks and boots back on after a shower at a staging center for the firefighting effort against a series of wildfires in southern Colorado Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Del Norte, Colo.  Crews defending resort towns, homes and cabins against a massive and erratic wildfire in Colorado's southwest mountains were looking Tuesday for a slight break after nearly a week of unrelenting winds. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Florida firefighter Jim Durrwachter puts his socks and boots back on after a shower at a staging center for the firefighting effort against a series of wildfires in southern Colorado Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Del Norte, Colo. Crews defending resort towns, homes and cabins against a massive and erratic wildfire in Colorado's southwest mountains were looking Tuesday for a slight break after nearly a week of unrelenting winds. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) 

DEL NORTE - The massive wildfire burning in southwestern Colorado is finally slowing down a bit.

The West Fork fire complex was burning on 127 square miles on Wednesday, 3 square miles more than the day before, thanks to diminished winds.

The fire has forced the evacuation of the tourist town of South Fork. Nearby Creede is still open for business but traffic is being escorted along part of the road into town, Highway 149.

Firefighters are working to improve the bulldozer trenches built to protect South Fork and to protect homes along Highway 149.

The decreased winds have diminished the immediate threat to the Wolf Creek Ski Area and fire crews may now be able to put some fire line and slurry to protect it.

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