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Cooler Weather, Calmer Winds Aid Fire Crews

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Photo by Kirk Siegler
Unwelcome smoke and ash has been a staple in downtown Golden for the past few days

Firefighters on the Indian Gulch blaze just west of Golden continued to get the upper hand Wednesday afternoon thanks to calmer winds that allowed air crews to resume water drops. 

A portion of Highway 6 at the entrance to Clear Creek Canyon was closed for a time Wednesday while helicopters dumped water on the fire.  Authorities were worried the water may trigger rock slides onto the road.

Fire managers reported they had the fire 25% contained.  It has grown to 1,211 acres since it first started Sunday morning.

Evacuation orders have been lifted and the Red Cross shelter in downtown Golden is set to be closed, but support staff will remain on-call if needed.  The 17 homeowners evacuated were allowed back in Tuesday night.


Kirk Siegler reports for NPR, based out of NPR West in California.
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