Firefighters Make Progress in Cherry Creek Fire, Despite Wind

Firefighters Make Progress in Cherry Creek Fire, Despite Wind


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(Springville-AP) -- Despite erratic winds, firefighters made progress today toward containing the Cherry Creek fire near Springville.

The fire grew to 45-hundred acres but was about 30 percent contained, with full containment expected by Saturday.

Erin Darboven, fire information officer for the Bureau of Land Management, said air operations were grounded due to the winds, and firefighters on the east side of the blaze were brought off the mountain to be on the safe side.

Darboven says no structures are threatened.

Investigators believe the fire was started last Saturday by a spark from a passing vehicle.

Elsewhere in the state, the Forest Service was pulling crews off the fire burning in Shepard Canyon near Farmington.

That fire was started last Thursday night by a downed power line. It burned 391 acres and was declared fully contained.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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