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Wildfire south of Hayden 25 percent contained

Pilot & Today staff

— Two Hot Shot firefighting crews and local firefighters will resume efforts this morning to extinguish a 32-acre fire about 20 miles south of Hayden.

The Beaver Flat Fire near Stin­­sby Reservoir was 25 percent contained by Wednesday evening, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Rits­­chard said. She said crews expect to have the fire fully contained by Friday.

The fire is "right in the middle of the Routt National Forest," north of Pagoda Peak, Rits­chard said. No structures are threatened.

Smoke from the Beaver Flat Fire was visible Tuesday evening from areas of Steamboat Springs.

The blaze, thought to have been caused by lightning, was detected at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

Air tankers and helicopters are being used to help contain the fire.

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Smokejumpers were the first to attack the fire Tues­­day, the Forest Service reported.

The Roosevelt Hot Shots and Rogue River Hot Shots wildland fire crews, which already were in the area conducting hazardous tree removal, are among the personnel fighting the fire. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management fire crews also have responded.

Ritschard warned that North­west Colorado is extremely dry, meaning extra precautions are needed to prevent wildfires.

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