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Fire crews are getting a handle on the Jolley Mesa Fire west of New Castle.As of 8 p.m. Saturday, the fire was reportedly at 581 acres and 60 percent contained.”The fire area is looking much better,” stated Jess Secrest, deputy incident commander for the team managing the fire, “but we remain cautiously optimistic with high temperatures, stronger winds and the possibility of lightning predicted for Sunday.”The estimated acreage is down from 700 acres on Friday due to more accurate mapping.Approximately 260 fire personnel are on the fire and were benefited by light winds throughout most of the day. There were a few flare-ups reported, sending up plumes of smoke, but there was no major movement of the fire from Friday.The fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management property and land owned by the Jolley family, a longtime New Castle ranching family.The are five fire engines and three helicopters and bulldozers currently working the fire.The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. The fire started just off County Road 335, raising the possibility a cigarette butt thrown from a car may have ignited the fire.The fire started Wednesday afternoon and no injuries have been reported, and no structures have been destroyed.

A tractor-trailer rollover crash occurred at approximately 10 p.m. Friday night in Glenwood Canyon, 3 miles east of Glenwood Springs on Interstate 70.The truck was carrying more than 47,000 pounds of lumber on a flatbed when the driver lost control and rolled the vehicle on its side. The entire load spilled across both lanes of I-70 eastbound.The highway was closed for a time while the spill was cleared.Harold Ogle, 41, of Arkansas was transported to Valley View Hospital with minor injuries. According to a Colorado State Patrol press release, Ogle was cited in the crash but no information was released on what the citation was. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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