Wildfire Burning Near Coaldale 30 Percent Contained

July 18, 2016

Firefighters are letting areas of a wildfire burn near Coaldale in southern Colorado because it is too dangerous to get into some wilderness areas.

However, they have managed to protect homes and contain 30 percent of the blaze as of Monday.

Residents began evacuating July 11 after the fire flared up from a lightning strike several days earlier. It has burned 25 square miles.

In northern Colorado, the state's largest fire, burning along the Colorado-Wyoming border, has blackened more than 35 square miles. The fire started June 19 and is still burning mostly out of control.

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