Mason Fire At 8,000 Acres; Type I Team Helping Out

Beulah (AP) More than 420 firefighters were on–hand in southern Colorado Monday morning as crews try to get a handle on the fast–growing Mason Fire in the San Isabel National Forest. About 5,000 people have been evacuated so far, as the flames continue to threaten 300 homes, 20 commercial properties and 100 outbuildings or other structures.

Lightning sparked the blaze last Wednesday, but officials say the fire is just 5%t contained. Weather similar to Sunday is expected in the area , but with higher humidity and lighter winds. There's also a chance of rain Tuesday.

A highly–trained Type I Incident Management Team was en route to the fire Monday morning. So far, no homes have been lost, though flames have crept into some people's yards.

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