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Release Date: 10/23/12
Contacts: Denise Adamic, BLM (719) 269-8553    

Wetmore Fire (10-23-12)

CAÑON CITY, Colo.  – The Wetmore Fire was reported at approximately 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, and is more than 100 acres is size. It began near the Greenwood area and is burning on private and BLM land. Several structures have been lost and more are threatened.

Colorado Highway 67 is closed in both directions form Florence to Wetmore, and Colorado Highway 96 is closed in both directions from Pueblo Reservoir to Wetmore. Check with Colorado Department of Transportation for alternate routes.

Resources on scene include Fremont and Custer counties, one BLM engine, one U.S. Forest Service engine, and multiple BLM and U.S. Forest Service overhead staff. As of 3 p.m., more resources had been ordered, including: two helicopters, four hand crews, six engines, and a Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Updates will be provided as more details become available.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 10-23-2012