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Remnants of the hurricane to help crews in Colorado, Wyoming fires

DURANGO, Colorado. – A welcome dose of rain produced by a hurricane, which churned through the Pacific ocean has given a boost in the fight against the two large forest fires in Colorado and Wyoming.

The remnants of Hurricane Bud slowed the growth of the fire in southwestern Colorado, which has blackened more than 50 square miles (129 square km) and is 25 percent contained, The Durango Herald reported Sunday.

Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County Emergency Management, said Bud, it provided the perfect amount of rain, the help of the fire department the increase of the inclusion. But Scot Davis, a spokesman for the team coordination of the fire brigade warned against the misconception that the rain has doused the fire.

He said that the fire spread, but crews are still at the hot embers that could ignite dry trees, grass and shrubs.

Fire officials also worry that rain could lead to flooding in the burn scar, which now has much less vegetation to hold out for the eel.

“It’s going to come down at some point,” Davis said at a meeting on Sunday morning.

The fire began on 1 June and 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Durango in the Four Corners Region where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The area is the epicentre of a large strip of land in the AMERICAN Southwest with exceptional drought.

At one point, the blaze forced the evacuation of 2,200 houses, none of which has burned. It also led to the closure of the San Juan National Forest, which consists of more than 2,800 square miles (7,252 sq km).

Weekend rain helped crews to the north in their battle against a wildfire that destroyed one house and burned more than 30 square miles (78 square kilometers).

The fire in southern Wyoming near the Colorado border, was 62 percent contained Sunday, and firefighters were taking advantage of the moisture to extinguish remaining hot spots near structures and to carve additional containment lines.

At the end of last week, the flames moved from dense forests filled with beetle-killed trees in areas with primarily grass and brush that burn with less intensity.

The causes of both fires are under investigation.

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Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com

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