Northeast Colorado wildfire at 80 percent containment as winds return

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LOGAN COUNTY, Colo. -- A large brush fire in Logan and Phillips continued to burn Tuesday afternoon as firefighters battled another day of strong winds.

The fire was at 30,000-plus acres and 80 percent containment late Tuesday afternoon, the Logan County Emergency Operations Center said.

The fire has destroyed five homes and more than a dozen other buildings. One firefighter suffered a minor injury. There were no injuries reported to citizens..

Crews from 15 departments arrived at the scene after the fire was spotted about 11:30 a.m. Monday in the Padroni area in Logan County.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph combined with tinder-dry conditions helped the fire grow.

Seven fire engines were used overnight to knock down hot spots and flare-ups. Up to 120 firefighters were on the scene by Tuesday night.

Highway 59 between Interstate 76 and Haxtum was closed Tuesday because of the low visibility, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

No emergency shelter is open, but anyone needing American Red Cross assistance can callĀ 970-522-8670.

Residents in Haxtun are taking collections for those who have been displaced from their homes.

Anyone in Logan or Phillips counties can donate supplies at Old Smith Hardware store in Haxtun or through a Facebook page that has been established. Officials said gift cards are in need the most.

There was a call Tuesday for donations of hay, feed, fencing supplies and individuals willing to provide trucking to help farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfire.

Those donations were being accepted at CHS Grainland in Haxtun.

The Colorado Farm Bureau activated a disaster fund to help farmers and ranchers. A message said 100 percent of the money raised will go to aiding those affected by the fire.

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