Northwestern Colorado wildfires have cost more than $16M

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Officials estimate that the firefighting costs for two wildfires in northwest Colorado exceed $16 million.

The Post Independent reports two remote wildfires burning north and south of Rifle, which started a day apart in late July, are on their way to containment.

White River National Forest public information officer Kate Jerman says the cost to date for the Cabin Lake Fire in southern Rio Blanco County near Buford sits at nearly $10.2 million as of Monday afternoon.

That fire is still in under investigation.

Jerman say the Cache Creek Fire, burning east of Battlement Mesa, has cost just over $6 million to fight so far.

That fire was started by a lightning strike on July 28.

The fires are not expected to be fully contained until October.

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Information from: Post Independent, http://www.postindependent.com/

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