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May 24, 2010 11:53 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Wind spreads Colorado canyon blaze

Firefighters say an intense canyon fire ripping through San Miguel County is spreading and getting more intense with the help of high winds blowing at up to 60 mph.

The blaze is burning mostly on federal land, and has grown beyond 3,000 acres. About 150 firefighters were working the fire Sunday afternoon. The blaze started Saturday in the rugged in San Miguel Canyon and has been dubbed the Beaver Fire. The fire was caused by downed power lines.

No homes have been threatened. But Erin Curtis of the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit says area campsites were evacuated Saturday and "a few" campers were asked to leave. Neighbors in the area are being asked to clear brush from their yards as a precaution.

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