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Jun 24, 2011 7:25 AM by Kate Richards

Duckett Fire Update

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) - Crews have contained 80 percent of a 7-square-mile wildfire in southern Colorado, but steep terrain is hampering completion of the fire line around the west flank.

The Duckett fire started June 12 near Westcliffe. Evacuation orders for about 130 homes in Custer and Fremont counties have been lifted, but are still in place for a church camp and one residential area.

Fire managers say the blaze is contained on all but its west side where steep terrain makes work hazardous. Officials say fire activity has been limited to a few smoldering trees inside.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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