Wildfires burn nearly 11,000 acres in Colo. NM | SummitDaily.com

Wildfires burn nearly 11,000 acres in Colo. NM

TRINIDAD – Two wildfires in southern Colorado have charred a total of nearly 11,000 acres but no structures have burned.

The fires are burning in sparsely populated areas. A blaze started by lightning late last week is burning on the Colorado-New Mexico border, growing to 5,000 acres Tuesday. About 400 acres are in New Mexico.

Rita Baysinger of the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in Lakewood says the fire is a half-mile from four homes, but no evacuations are in place. The wildfire is about 5 percent contained.

A second fire at Purgatorie River Canyon northeast of Trinidad has burned 5,600 acres. Baysinger says it’s unclear when and how that fire started. No structures are threatened.

A total of roughly 300 people are fighting the fires. A single-engine air tanker helped crews Tuesday.

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