3 cabins threatened by 900-acre fire near Nucla
NUCLA, Colorado – Firefighters are bracing for gusty winds and low humidity that could fuel a 1.5-square-mile wildfire in western Colorado.
The fire about 10 miles north of Nucla is threatening three seasonal cabins and an outbuilding. The National Weather Service issued a “red flag” warning indicating high fire danger in western Colorado Monday, with gusts and low humidity making conditions ripe for rapid fire growth.
The fire was reported Saturday and was believed to have been sparked by lightning. Firefighters had no estimate Monday on how much of the fire was contained.
On Sunday, crews tried to protect the buildings but were letting the fire burn in other areas where it could benefit wildlife habitat and vegetation.
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