Fire crews try to keep Colo. fire away from homes

DENVER — Firefighters are focusing on keeping a 450-acre wildfire away from homes in the central Colorado mountains.

Crews were digging containment lines at the fire 5 miles northwest of Fraser today, a day after it was reported. The fire, less than a square mile, isn’t threatening any homes but residents of 18 subdivisions have been warned to prepare in case evacuations are needed.

The fire is burning in very steep terrain in an area where trees have been killed by pine beetles.

John Simmons of the U.S. Forest Service said managers believe the fire was human caused but he didn’t have any other details.

Four helicopters are dropping water on the blaze. Five air tankers are also prepared to help if the fire grows.


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