Monday, July 25, 2011

Kannah Creek Fire "Pretty Much Contained"

By Matt Kroschel

Firefighters may have gained the upper hand on a wildfire burning on the west face of the Grand Mesa. Around 125 firefighters are battling the Kannah Creek blaze, which has grown to more than 40 acres.

Fire officials say right now, the fire has died down, but they are continuing to set up control lines around the burn area, but no structures or resources are threatened at this point.

A special hotshot crew from Craig was called in to help on Monday, and they're also fighting the fire from the air with helicopters.

Officials say the chance for the fire to burn downhill towards homes is very low.

The fire moved fast, and we got crews on the ground and working. Right now the fire is pretty benign, said BLM Public Affairs Specialist Tom Alvarez

Kannah Creek Trail and trails leading to Carson Lake are closed.

A lightning strike is thought to be what started the fire.

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