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NEW CASTLE – The Jolley Mesa Fire is contained.The Bureau of Land Management made that announcement as of 7 p.m. last night.The fire, which started on Wednesday, burned a total of 581 acres. The blaze threatened some structures, a powerline and natural gas pipelines before it was contained by firefighting personnel.Over the next few days, firefighters will conduct mop-up procedures, taking care of any hot spots.The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported from the fire.Due to extremely dry conditions and a very high fire danger, fire bans are in place throughout Garfield County. Gov. Owens also instituted a fire ban on state lands as well.The Jolley Mesa Fire burned BLM land and property owned by the Jolley family, a longtime New Castle ranching family.

SUMMIT COUNTY – A Glenwood Springs woman died after the truck she was riding in rolled over near Copper Mountain on Friday night, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.Albertha Lopez, 27, was the front seat passenger in a Ford F-150 pickup truck that rolled at mile marker 194 on westbound I-70 on Friday evening.Lopez, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck and died from massive internal bleeding at Summit Medical Center at about 11:15 p.m., Richardson’s report said.A final determination of cause and manner of death is pending further investigation.Alcohol is not suspected, the report said.


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