DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) - The Red Creek Fire burning about 10 miles northeast of Durangoremained stable Friday at an estimated 45 acres, the U.S. ForestService reported.
Containment is now estimated at 20 percent.
The firefighting crew is expected to grow Friday night with theaddition of the Ruby Mountain Hotshots, who will be arriving fromNevada. In addition, three firefighters from Durango Fire andRescue Authority will join the effort Saturday, bringing the totalnumber of personnel to 75.
The fire is located about two miles north of Florida Road andfive miles west of Lemon Reservoir on the northwest side of the RedCreek drainage. It is not threatening any structures or privateproperty, and no roads have been closed.
A wildfire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the same area ofsouthwestern Colorado where a fire raged though 70,000 acres offorest eight years ago.
The latest fire in the area of Missionary Ridge at last reporthad charred only 20 acres with firefighters attacking it from theground and air. No structures are reported to be threatened.
The Red Creek Fire was reported about 2 p.m. and is about eightmiles northeast of Durango. The cause is not yet know.
Reports indicate winds are pushing the flames through aspen andspruce toward the area burned eight years ago, which now may act asa firebreak.
Still, firefighters are acting aggressively because conditionsare reported to by dry and windy.
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