More crews headed to Royal Gorge wildfire |

More crews headed to Royal Gorge wildfire

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) – Firefighters have contained about 15 percent of a 700-acre fire in southern Colorado, thanks in part to milder-than-expected weather.

A total of 275 people are expected Wednesday at the fire 14 miles west of Canon City. The blaze has burned at least one home, damaged five others and forced the evacuation of homes and businesses, including rafting companies that guide trips on the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge.

Multiple fire starts were reported in the area Monday and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

In the San Luis Valley, a 4,766-acre wildfire is burning in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The fire that was started by lightning June 6 isn’t threatening any buildings.

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