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A fireline from the Shawnee Peak fire. Photo courtesy of the Pike & San Isabel National Forests fire information. 

The Shawnee Peak wildlife that's burned about 50 acres west of Bailey, has reached 40% containment as of Friday morning, reported a U.S. Forest Service website. 

The fire was first reported at about 3:15 p.m. Monday in a remote area of the Lost Creek Wilderness area. It was originally estimated to be 37 acres in size, according to the website. The cause  is still unknown.

Friday morning, fire officials reported that the blaze had grown to 50 acres. The town of Shawnee, around four miles away, was not reported to be at risk. 

According to the Park County, the following trailheads have been closed: Payne Creek/Brookside McCurdy, Brookside AG, North Ben Tyler, Rock Creek, Long Gulch, and North Fork.

The following trails have been closed: Brookside McCurdy, Brookside AG, Craig Park, Ben Tyler and Payne Creek. The Colorado Trail and wilderness trails to the south remain open. 


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