Lightning-sparked fires proving a headache for firefighters

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(Credit: George Kemp)

(Credit: George Kemp)

DENVER — With this month’s dry conditions and high winds, lightning strikes have started more than a dozen fires around Colorado. Aside from higher-profile fires such as the East Peak and West Fork Complex fires, here’s the status on several lightning-sparked blazes:

  • The Wild Rose Fire 21 miles south of Rangely in the northwestern part of the state was 95 percent contained Monday after burning about 1,067 acres.  Road closures in the area have mostly been lifted.
  • The Brush Creek Fire, which started Friday about 12 miles north of Rifle, had spread to about 403 acres and was 40 percent contained Monday, officials said. The west side of Rifle Gap Reservoir was closed to boats due to helicopter activity.
  • Evergreen Fire/Rescue responded to numerous lightning strikes and spot fires overnight Sunday, as well as one house fire on Histead Drive. It was not clear what caused the structure fire, but no one was home at the time, firefighters said.
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