Firefighters Taking Control Of Front Range Wildfire

Beulah (AP) Firefighters are getting a better handle on
a nearly 12,000 acre wildfire in southern Colorado, Tuesday. The fire is about 30% contained, but is still threatening about 900 homes in Custer and Pueblo Counties.

No injuries have been reported and no homes have been lost, but the fire has forced the evacuation of 5,000 people. About 100 people have been allowed to return.

Lightning ignited the blaze last week and efforts to fight the fire have cost $1.8 million dollars. Almost 680 firefighters are on scene, along with five helicopters, five single–engine air tankers, three heavy air tankers and 58 engines.

The fire is burning in dry, steep terrain in a mountain range called the Wet Mountains, about 150 miles south of Denver.

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