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Gentler winds help fight

Blaze now is nation’s highest wildfire priority
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With thousands of acres burning just two counties away, local fire officials are keeping a close eye on La Plata County’s firefighting resources should a fire start here.
Local fire districts have sent resources to the West Fork Complex,

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Gentler winds help fight

Firefighters battle the Papoose Fire 15 miles southwest of Creede off Colorado Highway 149 on Tuesday afternoon. Of the three fires in the West Fork Complex, the Papoose Fire worries firefighting officials the most because it has the potential to harm waterways and reservoirs.
Drivers heading west on U.S. Highway 160 were turned away at South Fork on Tuesday afternoon. Officials were looking at ways to allow limited traffic through Wolf Creek Pass, but no decisions had been made as of Tuesday evening.
Destruction from the Windy Pass Fire was visible from the Continental Divide looking west Tuesday. Currently, 1,313 firefighters are battling the three blazes of the West Fork Complex.
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