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Aspen fire tops 12,000 acres

by Jon Robinson (webmaster) |

Reuters is reporting that the Aspen fire had dramatically grown to over 12,400 acres while approximately 900 firefighters have joined the fight. Authorities estimate the fire at 5% containment.

Using the burn area left by a wildfire from last year, firefighters feel they have a good chance of defending the town of Oracle (pop. 3,800), which has been a main source of concern. "We think last year's fire will provide a good buffer if it gets to Oracle, and we don't believe it will," said spokeswoman Carrie Templin.