Fire forces evacuations

A fire that reportedly started Tuesday northwest of Norwood has forced the evacuation of more than a dozen homes.

Up to 15 homes in the Deer Mesa subdivision were evacuated Tuesday afternoon as a result of the Grammar Fire, which began in San Miguel Canyon, Bureau of Land Management Spokeswoman Erin Curtis said in a statement.

The fire had grown to more than 100 acres by Tuesday evening and was burning south, threatening homes near Norwood.

The cause of the fire is unknown, Curtis said.

Crews with the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service and volunteer fire departments in San Miguel and Montrose counties fought the fire Tuesday on the ground.

At least five airplanes and two helicopters were fighting the fire from the air, Curtis said.


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