Alkali Fire 75 percent contained

CRAIG – The 20,690-acre Alkali fire burning about 14 miles north of Maybell is now 75 percent contained, according to Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit spokesperson Lynn Barclay.

The blaze is expected to be fully contained on Sunday.

Scattered showers in the area Thursday night helped firestoppers stop the blaze from growing. Because of their success, three engines and one 20-person hand crews have been released to help fight other fires in the area.

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A homestead cabin, barn and propane tank were destroyed when the wildfire first started.

The fire was reported at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, and has killed three cattle.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the blaze, which is burning primarily on private land with about 8,000 acres on Bureau of Land Management public land.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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