Fires burning up around the Western Slope

By: KKCO 11 News Email
By: KKCO 11 News Email

Local authorities continue to fight blazes across the Western Slope Sunday evening, with several of those fires starting up in the Bureau of Land Management's Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness area.

The Wrigley Fire in that area is around 72 acres in size. There are six smoke jumpers and a 20 person crew working with helicopter support to contain it.

There is also the Long Mesa Fire, estimated to be around 460 acres. We're told this one is burning in remote, rugged terrain that is difficult to access.

Also, those around Powderhorn may be seeing smoke with a fire burning west of the ski area on private land. The fire is small in scale but is near a timbered area.

A fire south of Durango flared up to 500 acres Sunday. Authorities say the Airpark Fire is now heading toward Lake Nighthorse on Southern Ute Indian Reservation Land. The fire was reported around noon on Sunday, and a pre-evacuation order was put in place.

We're told the smoke is visible from Durango, and several groups are on scene fighting the fire. Chevron was also forced to shut down a gas well pad that was threatened.

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