Sand Dunes fire burning on 4,500 acres |

Sand Dunes fire burning on 4,500 acres

ALAMOSA, Colorado – Firefighters east of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado are battling a fire burning amid high winds rugged terrain.

A second fire is burning across 170 acres on the Roan Plateau in western Colorado. A red flag warning has been issued for high fire danger across much of the central and southern parts of the state. It’s in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

No injuries or damage to structures has been reported from either fire.

The fire in Great Sand Dunes, known as the Medano Fire, grew to 4,713 acres by Sunday and was high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains on the east side of the park. The park has remained open during the fire.

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