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Spring Creek Fire in western Colorado reaches 3,000 acres amid hot, dry conditions

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Sara Wilson

(Colorado Newsline) A wildfire in western Colorado south of Parachute grew to over 3,000 acres Monday, up from just over 200 acres, and officials expect it to continue to burn and potentially expand Tuesday.

The Spring Creek fire started over the weekend and has spread rapidly across private land and into the White River National Forest, according to updates from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

“With similar conditions forecast for today, firefighters expect another day of active fire behavior,” Forest Service spokesman David Boyd said in a statement.

As of noon Tuesday, there were no evacuation orders for the fire. The ​​Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents to register online with the emergency notification system or call 970-981-3401 for current evacuation information.

There are more than 300 firefighters working to put out the fire, with more resources expected to arrive.

Spring Creek Road and High Mesa Road are open to local traffic, though officials urge people to avoid the area as more fire personnel use the roadways.

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