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Jun 23, 2010 3:36 PM by Greg Boyce

Medano fire grows very slowly

The Medano Fire, burning on the north edge of the Sand Dunes National Park, grew only slightly since yesterday.  It is now estimated as 4,891 acres, an increase of only 125 acres since Tuesday.

There are just over 200 firefighters working the blaze, which is aimed only at containment. Supervisors have been scouting ahead of the fire, developing a strategy which could be implemented in the future.  Plans may include setting fires to burn available fuels, as well as using natural barriers to contain the fire.

If winds are calm enough Wednesday afternoon, helicopters may be deployed to drop water on parts of the fire. 

The park is still open to visitors. 

The fire was started on June 6 by lightning.

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