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Wildfire prompts new evacuations in south-central Colorado

October 14, 2019

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — An active wildfire burning in a rural area of south-central Colorado has prompted new evacuations in Chaffee and Fremont counties.

The new evacuations Sunday included the small towns of Wellsville and Swissvale southeast of Salida as the fire grew to about 12.7 square miles (32.8 square kilometers).

An evacuation center has been set up in Salida.

The fire has been burning since Sept. 8 when it was started by lightning. It is 30% contained.