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Pair of Lightning Caused Fires in SW Colorado
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A pair of wildfires are burning in southwest southcentral Colorado. The Loading Pen Fire on the Dolores Ranger District was reported on Saturday, June 13th. The fire is located approximately 17 miles from Dolores, near Stoner, between Taylor and Haycamp Mesas on National Forest System land. It was started by lightning and is burning in mixed Conifer and Aspen. As of Sunday night, the fire was approximately 35 acres.

Fifty personnel are fighting the blaze. Red flag warnings are in effect for the area.

A second fire was reported on Sunday, June 14 at about 12:41 p.m. near Mancos, Colorado. Lightning was also the cause of that blaze. The fire which is in Pinon, Juniper and Gambel Oak trees has burned 2,703 acres already and has 100 personnel fighting the blaze.

Like the Loading Pen Fire, red flag warnings are anticipated along with hot, windy conditions.

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