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Firefighting pilot’s injuries called minor

CRAIG ” Authorities say the pilot of a firefighting plane suffered only minor injuries when his single-engine aerial tanker crashed in northwest Colorado.

The plane went down Wednesday at 3 p.m. about 20 miles northwest of Meeker, or 170 miles northwest of Denver.

The pilot’s name hasn’t been released. The federal Bureau of Land Management says he walked away from the crash and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Grand Junction.

The plane was battling a 10-acre wildfire on BLM land. The fire is one of 30 sparked by lightning in northwest Colorado since Sunday.

Most are small, but one reached 27,000 acres. It was 75 percent contained, and full containment is expected by Thursday.

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