Beaver Fire grows to 100 acres in northern Colorado, is 60% contained

The Beaver Fire burns in northern Colorado July 11. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

BELLVUE, Colo. — A fire in northern Colorado has grown to 100 acres, after burning for much of July.

The Beaver Fire, as it has been dubbed by the U.S. Forest Service, started in early July, burning a few acres east of the Colorado State University Mountain Campus and west of the Pingree Park Road in the Roosevelt National Forest.

According to the forest service, the fire grew in part due to burnout operations, in which firefighters burned the trees and brush fueling the fire in between the fire and the fire line that was dug.

Firefighters have been using the Tom Bennett Campground as a staging area and camp, so the campground and the nearby National Forest System Road 145 are both closed, according to the forest service.

The fire is currently 60% contained.

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