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Crews fight 2 lightning-sparked wildfires in NW Colorado

July 24, 2018

MEEKER, Colo. (AP) — Crews are fighting two wildfires started by lightning in northwestern Colorado.

The 750-acre Sulphur Fire started Sunday afternoon 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Meeker. Bureau of Land Management spokesman David Boyd told The Daily Sentinel that winds from passing thunderstorms pushed the fire Sunday night. It was 5 percent contained Tuesday.

The more remote Indian Valley Fire broke out Friday 16 miles (26 kilometers) northwest of Meeker. The 11 square mile (28 square kilometer) fire has been 10 percent contained.

Other fires started by lightning in the area have also been attacked and kept from spreading.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Phillips says there is no big monsoonal surge moving into the area, so a lot of the storms that have formed don’t have much moisture.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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