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CRAIG –Crews are battling a 300-acre fire that broke out Saturday afternoon southwest of Elk Springs – about a mile and a half off Highway 40.

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit says aerial and ground resources are responding to the Elk Springs Fire, but difficult access, windy conditions and receptive fuels are making firefighting efforts difficult.

The main goal is to protect Elk Springs, a ranch residence and related structures. Firefighters also say that oil and gas facilities – as well as major power lines – are nearby. The fire is near Sage Grouse habitat, on a combination of state, Bureau of Land Management and private land.

There's no word yet on what caused the fire.

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