Since the wildfire was sparked by lightning Sept. 8, the blaze has grown to 6,482 acres and is now burning 2 miles south of Salida, a Chaffee County city of 5,200 people. Crews started Monday with 5% containment.
Aerial crews dropped water over the blaze Monday, helping to contain the fire’s north side, reported the Rocky Mountain Incident Management team. Ten hand crews, 29 fire engines, three dozers and 10 water tenders also tackled the blaze, which continues to grow across the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.
Gusty winds near 40 mph fueled the fire Monday, causing it to grow by about 150 acres overnight.
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