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Firefighters let monument blazes burn

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) Firefighters let three lightning-sparked blazes near Dinosaur National Monument burn unhindered Saturday because they were on remote, unpopulated land.

”It’s cleaning up all that fuel beneath the trees and preparing the brush to resprout and improve wildlife habitat,” said Dave Root of the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center.

The fires, 220 miles northwest of Denver, had consumed 2,200 acres since they started five days ago. No structures were threatened but 75 firefighters were on hand.

The fires were burning on Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service land, Root said.

He said none of the fires was contained but crews hoped natural barriers such as roads or rock outcroppings would stop the flames.