Crews keep Alkali Fire in northwest Colorado from growing; 32-square-mile blaze 75 percent contained

CRAIG, Colo. - Firefighters have kept a 32-square-mile blaze from spreading in northwestern Colorado as scattered showers fall in the area.

Lynn Barclay of the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit said Friday the Alkali Fire was 75 percent contained with full containment expected Sunday.

Barclay says some rain fell in the area overnight Thursday, and "fire personnel feel confident they have turned the corner on this incident."

The fire has destroyed a cabin, barn and propane tank. No injuries have been reported, but three head of cattle were killed and ranchers moved other livestock.

The fire was reported Wednesday, and the cause is still under investigation. It's burning on mostly private property and some federal land northwest of Craig.

Colorado fire officials said 10 new wildland fires are likely the result of 7,000 lightning strikes that hit Thursday and Friday. Ground crews, engines and air resources are responding to contain these incidents as quickly as possible.

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