Hillside Fire Near Paonia

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A fire consumes a hillside near Paonia Wednesday night. Planes from the Olathe spray service dropped water on the fire to try and extinguish it.

A few structures were in danger as a result of the fire but none were burned. Crews contained the fire just before midnight Wednesday and hope to have it fully extinguished by Thursday morning.

Firefighters have not yet given an estimate as to how many acres burned. Firefighters suspect the fire was started by fireworks but have not yet completed their full investigation. They will continue to look into the cause Thursday morning.

The fire started just after 5 p.m. outside of Paonia. Fire crews from Paonia, Crawford, Hotchkiss, Cedaredge, and Delta all worked to get the fire under control.

The fire also closed a rail line that goes through the area. At least one train had to wait about 7 hours to get through.