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3,800 acres burn near Canon City

Published On: Jun 12 2013 02:17:50 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 12 2013 02:22:54 AM CDT

More than 3,800 acres have burned west of Canon City by the Royal Gorge Fire. Firefighters do not have it under control and say it could take days before they do.

Evacuations have been issued for those living east of County Road 3 and 3A and for those living south of Highway 50.

"The fire is burning very actively," said Gregg Goodland, spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service. "Pinyon and juniper plus grass fuel types and we expect it to burn very actively over the next couple of days."

The wildfire ignited around 1 p.m. Tuesday and has destroyed at least three structures. More than 150 firefighters are battling the fire, fighting gusty winds and scorching temperatures.

"The concerns fire managers have at this point are primarily the weather," Goodland said. "We're not 100 percent confident that the area of the line will try and will hold should fire come back on that."

Goodland says those in Canon City should be prepared to evacuate if the fire shifts direction. For now, he's focused on making sure those in the evacuation zone are heeding directions.

Those who have questions about the fire can call a hotline that has been set up to run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The number is 719-285-9750.


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