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Last updated 9:38AM ET
December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Vallecito and Aztec Area Wildfires Still Burning
(ksut) - A lightning caused wildfire burning in the Weminuche Wilderness is being allowed to burn.
As of late Wednesday afternoon, the Dead Horse Fire, 6 miles north of the Vallecito Creek Trailhead, had grown to 50-acres and was being monitored by air.
Columbine Ranger District Fire Management Officer Ron Klatt says the fire is likely to continue to burn and grow as long as weather remains hot and dry.
Smoke from the fire is also expected in Vallecito Valley.
Meanwhile, firefighters are clearing and bolstering lines around a blaze that has burned 300 acres west of Navajo Lake.
State Forestry Division spokesman Dan Ware says the fire didn't spread overnight past current lines cleared around a quarter of the blaze.
The human-caused Rattlesnake Fire was sparked Monday.
It's been burning pinon and juniper trees along with grass and sagebrush on private land and U-S Bureau of Land Management property.
Ware says a dozen natural gas wells have been temporarily shut down.
He says 150 people are assigned to the fire. They're using 12 engines, two helicopters and a water tender.
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