Calmer Winds Could Help Pinon Canyon Firefighters

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Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colo. (AP) Calmer winds could help slow the spread of a wildfire that started on a military training site in Southeastern Colorado.

The fire is NW estimated to be burning on 42,000 acres, fanned by two straight days of strong winds.

It jumped the Purgatoire river, a natural fire break, and is now burning in surrounding federal, state and private land.

Eight residences are threatened. The area is also rich with rock art and artifacts from the waves of settlers who've called the area home for centuries.

Temperatures are expected to reach the high 70s with winds of up to 10 miles per hour on Friday. Steve Segin of the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center said the break in the weather should help firefighters go on the offense against the fire.