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Huerfano County fire 60% contained, crews downsize

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HUERFANO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- After a weekend of dry conditions, high temperatures, and heavy winds, crews increased containment of the Wilson Crossing Fire in Huerfano County to 60% of the fire’s perimeter.

The Wilson Crossing Fire, 17 miles southeast of Colorado City, has burned 144 acres so far.

On Sunday, single-engine air tankers (SEATs) supported ground crews through retardant drops in the morning while crews worked to construct and improve containment line," according to a Bureau of Land Management Press Release Monday morning. "Crews worked along the canyon rim and in the canyon to mop up remaining pockets of heat. The Type 3 helicopter provided bucket drops as needed."

Despite a Red Flag Warning in the area for Monday, the operation will be downsizing today a Type 4 organization.

"Resources will continue to be released from the fire and made available for other assignments. The smaller organization will consist of one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew, two engines, a water tender, and support staff."

Throughout the fire's activity, smoke clouds could be seen from I-25 and neighboring communities. BLM officials do not expect large smoke clouds to be seen today.

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Dan Beedie

Dan is a bureau reporter based out of Pueblo. Learn more about Dan here.