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Full containment of Smith Gulch Fire expected Friday night

DeBEQUE, Colo. ” Firefighters anticipate the Smith Gulch Fire will be 100 percent contained by this evening.

The 87-acre fire, which is five miles east of DeBeque and three miles south of Interstate 70, has not grown since Thursday afternoon.

Sixty-five firefighters and a helicopter are working to complete the containment line and mop up any remaining hot spots.

The fire likely was started by lightning Wednesday night in a rugged area of Bureau of Land Management-administered lands, according to a BLM news release. Well-placed retardant drops from three single-engine air tankers along with water drops from a helicopter stopped the advance of the fire Thursday, allowing hand crews to begin building a containment line around the fire.

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