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Jul 23, 2013 4:17 PM by Eric Ross

Growth of northwestern Colo. wildfires has slowed

MEEKER, Colo. (AP) - Crews are working to build more containment lines around two wildfires burning in northwestern Colorado.

Fire spokesman Chris Barth said Tuesday that neither the Citadel Fire nor the East Tschuddi Fire have grown much in the last 24 hours.

The Citadel Fire has burned about 1,900 acres about 40 miles northwest of Meeker since being reported Supday. It's 10 percent contained.

The other fire is about 20 miles northwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County. The latest infrared map puts it at 445 acres, a little smaller than originally thought. It's 25 percent contained.

Both were started by lightning.

Meanwhile, the East Peak Fire in southern Colorado has been officially declared contained. Officials said Tuesday that there have been no flareups in over a week, thanks some recent heavy rain.

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