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Fire burning on West End reaches 14 acres

Picture of the fire that started Monday near Nucla. It is currently burning around 15 acres.
Picture of the fire that started Monday near Nucla. It is currently burning around 15 acres.(BLM - Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit)
Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:16 AM MDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:09 AM MDT
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MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) - Fire officials say that the South Fork Fire that’s burning near the town of Nucla is continuing to grow, and is estimated at around 14 acres.

The Bureau of Land Management says that the lightning-caused fire is burning in such a remote area that firefighters are having to fight the fire indirectly, and are using natural barrier features and 2018 Bull Draw Burn Scar to assist in containing the fire.

The fire was first detected late afternoon on June 7.

No private land is threatened at this time, and no structures are either.

Smoke coming off the fire might venture towards the Montrose area, but the predominant smoke affecting Montrose is from fires burning in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, AZ.

To view a fire and smoke map, click here.

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