2 northwest Colorado wildfires have cost more than $16 million

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Officials estimate the firefighting costs for two wildfires in northwest Colorado exceed $16 million.

The remote wildfires burning north and south of Rifle, which started a day apart in late July, are on their way to containment.

White River National Forest public information officer Kate Jerman said the cost to date for the Cabin Lake Fire in southern Rio Blanco County near Buford sits at nearly $10.2 million as of Monday afternoon.

That fire is still under investigation.

Jerman said the Cache Creek Fire, burning east of Battlement Mesa, has cost just more than $6 million to fight so far.

That fire was started by a lightning strike on July 28.

The fires are not expected to be fully contained until October.

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