The Lower North Fork Fire continues to burn southwest of Denver, however officials hope weather conditions allow greater containment of the fire that has burned over 4,000 acres, destroyed more than 20 homes, and taken the lives of two people.
Spring is a key time for those watching wildfires because snow is melting and exposing dead vegetation. Add in some warm, windy and dry conditions and you get the fire that erupted in Eastern Colorado last weekend, which scorched 37 square miles.
Eckley, CO is located in the North East corner of Colorado in Yuma County.
Firefighters near Yuma in eastern Colorado are hoping for cooler weather and calmer winds today as they try to contain a massive brush fire that destroyed at least two homes and forced the closure of Highway 34 for much of yesterday.
Sugar Loaf Mountain as seen in the distance after the Four Mile Canyon fire.
Credit Photo by Kirk Siegler
The US House has given unanimous approval to a bill by Colorado Senator Mark Udall that would allow a land swap between the US Forest Service and a rural Boulder County fire district to enhance local wildfire fire mitigation and firefighter training efforts.