Crews on 2 wildfires bracing for high winds

TRINIDAD — Crews fighting two wildfires that have burned 20 square miles in southern Colorado hope to hold ground as the winds pick up in the area.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity helped firefighters make progress Wednesday, but winds of up to 65 mph are predicted today.

A lightning-sparked fire on the Colorado-New Mexico border that has scorched nearly 6,900 acres is about 40 percent contained.

A second fire at Purgatorie River Canyon northeast of Trinidad has burned about 6,100 acres and is 60 percent contained. It’s unclear when and how that fire started.

A total of 400 firefighters are battling the blazes, which are roughly 15 miles apart. No structures have burned.

KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs reports that a 200-acre fire is burning east of Walsenburg, about 40 miles north of Trinidad. No homes are threatened.


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