Firefighters contain part of wildfire in SW Colorado |

Firefighters contain part of wildfire in SW Colorado

NORWOOD, Colorado – Crews have contained about a quarter of a wildfire burning near several homes in southwestern Colorado.

Firefighters are building containment lines around the 877-acre fire five miles northwest of Norwood. Twenty homes remain evacuated, but no structures have burned.

Two area churches are serving as shelters.

Erin Curtis of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says firefighters have been able to halt the blaze’s advance toward several other homes.

The fire started Tuesday afternoon on federal land in a canyon. Curtis says lightning likely sparked it.

About 120 firefighters are fighting the fire, including four hotshot crews. Four heavy air tankers, two single-engine air tankers, two helicopters and more than 16 engines are also being used.

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