A fire burning near Blanca Peak, outside the entrance to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, grew from about 5 acres at 2 p.m. Tuesday to 30 to 50 acres by 9 p.m., the Costilla County Sheriff's Office reported.

The so-called Tobin fire was being fought with two airplanes dropping fire retardant, a helicopter and 26 firefighters, who were to cease work at dusk but remain on site through the night, the sheriff's office said. 

The helicopter also was to stay at the scene and continue its efforts in the morning, officials said. 

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