Smoky wildfire close to Trinidad closes two state wildlife areas

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A wildfire burning southeast of Trinidad has shut down two state wildlife areas.
Lake Dorothey and the James M. John state wildlife areas have been closed at a security precaution, in keeping with a Colorado Parks and Wildlife information launch.
The East Fork hearth, burning in distant and rugged canyons, was sparked by lightning Aug. 22  about 11 miles southeast of Trinidad, in keeping with Las Animas County officers.
The 2 wildlife areas prolong from the New Mexico state line north about 11 miles alongside the jap fringe of Fishers Peak State Park, the information launch stated.
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Lake Dorothey, a 4,500-acre property standard for looking bear, deer, elk and turkey, is accessible by means of Raton, N.M., and Sugarite Canyon State Park. Sugarite, in New Mexico, has been ordered evacuated.
James M. John, an 8,200-acre property extending from Lake Dorothey’s northern border, can also be a well-liked looking spot. It’s additionally accessible by means of Sugarite.
On Friday the hearth grew to 1,100 acres with 10% containment, in keeping with the Parks and Wildlife launch.
Smoke from the hearth is hindering visibility on Interstate 25 within the space. Two air tankers, two Colorado Air Nationwide Guard helicopters, and 55 firefighters are battling the blaze with extra help.

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