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Release Date: 08/31/09
Contacts: Erin Curtis (970) 210-2126    

Firefighters Battling Cottonwood II Fire Near Gateway

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Fire crews with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are fighting a fire near Gateway this afternoon. The Cottonwood II Fire was started by lightning yesterday afternoon and has grown to just over 100 acres today.
Fire managers say they have secured a line around the fire, and will be working to hold that line this afternoon as wind gusts of up to 35 miles an hour are expected. It is burning through grass and oak brush in steep, inaccessible terrain. Some historic structures were threatened by the fire yesterday, but fire crews have eliminated that threat.
More than 100 firefighters are on the scene, including 8 smokejumpers, two engine crews and four hand crews.
Smoke is visible throughout the Grand Valley today as a result of multiple fires throughout the west. Officials with the National Weather Service say much of the smoke filing the valley is from fires burning in Southern California and Utah. A fire burning near Nucla has reached 1260 acres this afternoon, as well. Firefighters with the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit are fighting that fire today.
Editors: For information on the Tabeguache Creek Fire near Nucla, call Lee Ann Loupe, MIFMU Fire Information Officer at 970-874-6717 (business hours); 970-596-0246 (Cell phone-after hours).

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