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Mar 1, 2006
Thornton Co
KUSA - There are multiple wildfires burning in Colorado and Wyoming.

Crews working on the Mato Vega fire are getting help from the cooler and more humid weather that has moved into the state.

The weather helped them strengthen containment lines along the north and west sides of the fire.

Nearly 300 homes were still threatened by the fire Thursday and as of Saturday, residents of all but 50 homes in the area were allowed to go back to their houses.

There are 566 firefighters assigned to the fire, which covers nearly 14,000 acres. Four helicopters are working the fire and tankers are available. Officials say it is 45-percent contained.

The Mato Vega fire, which was started by lightning, is 12 miles northeast of Fort Garland in Costilla County.


The Coolbroth fire is burning five miles west of La Garita, 12 miles north of Del Norte.

Authorities say the fire started around 4:30 p.m. Friday and believe it was caused by a cigarette.

The fire has burned 195 acres and is 60-percent contained. Eighty firefighters are working on the blaze and residents of 30 homes were evacuated.

Forest Raod 41G or Canero Cr. Road was closed due to the fire.

The fire is burning grass, shrubs and mixed conifers on both state-owned and private land.


The Wrights Reservoir fire started June 19 in Teller County about 60 miles south of Denver. The fire is at 44 acres with 98-percent containment.

Sixty firefighters are working on blaze and air support is being used as needed.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.


The Manti-La Sal fire started June 20, 10 miles northwest of Paradox, which is 225 miles southwest of Denver.

Officials say it is nearly 1,500 acres with 95-percent containment. A vehicle crash caused the fire that has required the use of nearly 250 firefighters.


In Garfield County, crews are fighting the Jolly Mesa fire near Silt. A witness told 9NEWS he saw lightning start the fire but the cause is still under investigation.

The blaze spread to 540 acres Thursday and was up to 700 acres Saturday. Crews estimate containment at around 60-percent.

The fire is burning a mixture of pinion juniper and grass. There are scattered structures in the fire area, but no buildings are immediately threatened. Officials say it is burning near several power lines, gas and oil wells.


The State of Wyoming has also fallen victim to very dry conditions.

The Isabelle fire has burned 1,200 acres southwest of Laramie. The fire is threatening nine homes and is 45-percent contained.

Officials say they hope to have it 100-percent contained by Sunday evening. At least 330 people are on the scene of this fire.

In western Wyoming, lightning has ignited a 100 acre wildfire in the Washakie Wilderness 30 miles west of Meeteetse. Shoshone National Forest officials say they are considering letting that fire burn naturally and not intervening to fight it.
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