CRAIG, Colo. — One of two large wildfires burning in northwestern Colorado has grown to more than 17,000 acres (6,879 hectares) but firefighters have managed to contain 10 percent of the fire.

Wind gusts of over 70 mph (113 kph) on Monday fueled the growth of the Dead Dog Fire 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Rangely.

The Craig Daily Press reported (http://bit.ly/2rtvVL4 ) that about 50 workers at an underground coal mine were evacuated Monday night, but officials announced Tuesday evening that the mine would re-open Wednesday.

Officials also announced Tuesday that the fire was human-caused and is under investigation.

Fire lines helped keep the 1,000-acre (405-hectare) Hunter Fire near Meeker from spreading despite the strong winds. The fire, which was started by lightning, is 70 percent contained.


Information from: Craig Daily Press, http://www.craigdailypress.com

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