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Colorado: Weather may help with fire danger

David Accomazzo
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

COLORADO ” Fire danger remains high to very high throughout most of the state. But some relief is on the way.

Incoming moisture from the Southwest should bring rain to the mountains.

“The best chance of moisture is going to be over the highest elevations over the next seven days, with some moisture making it into the lower elevations on Wednesday,” fire meteorologist Tim Mathewson said.

Two fires have torched a combined 1,632 acres about 20 miles southeast of Grand Junction.

“We’ve been managing these fires; we’re not trying to actively supress them,” said Dave Boyd, a public affairs specialist for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit.

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“They’re burning in (wilderness) areas we’d like to see burn anyway,” Boyd said.

Officials will continue to monitor the fires.

One, a 90-acre fire, was started July 1 by lightning in the West Elk Wilderness Area about 20 miles west of Gunnison.

It will be allowed to stop naturally, said the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit.

“It’s not hurting anything, (and) we’re not anticipating any issues,” said fire management officer Steve Ellis.

The agency has set boundaries based on natural barriers and will not actively fight the fires unless it goes beyond those boundaries, Ellis said.

This year, Colorado has seen 626 wildfires that have burned more than 90,000 acres, said Steve Segin of the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center.

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