Fire burns 3,000 acres at Great Sand Dunes park |

Fire burns 3,000 acres at Great Sand Dunes park

ALAMOSA – A wildfire is burning on the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in south-central Colorado.

The fire had burned about 3,000 acres of mostly trees and dead wood by Thursday evening. Park spokeswoman Carol Sperling says no park facilities are threatened.

Firefighters are setting small fires to eliminate vegetation and keep the flames away from archaeological sites.

It’s believed that lightning started the fire 230 miles southwest of Denver. Sperling says warm, dry weather and winds have spread the fire from a few hundred acres reported Tuesday.

More crews are expected to join the 30 people currently at the fire.

A lightning-sparked wildfire on federal land near Norwood in western Colorado has grown to about 185 acres.

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