Containment on 30000-acre brush fire scaled back to 50 percent

A large brush fire in Logan and Phillips counties did not grow overnight, but firefighters were bracing for another day of strong winds Tuesday.

Wind, gusting to almost 50 miles-per-hour, is driving the fire, but is expected to decrease overnight. No fire-related injuries were reported.

The fire was called in just after 11:30 a.m. a Logan County spokesperson said three homes and one other building were burned.

About 900 phone numbers have been warned to be ready to leave.

Footage from a Denver television station showed rows of hay bales in the agricultural area consumed by flames.

Firefighters hope to get more of the fire under control Tuesday, despite conditions that are expected to continue to make battling the blaze hard.

"This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young and the elderly", the health department said in a statement.

Wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour combined with tinder-dry conditions helped the fire grow. No injuries have been reported.

Interstate 76 was temporarily closed due to smoke and blowing dust but some county roads remained closed by nightfall, the state emergency operations center said.

Monday, the American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter in Sterling for those evacuated from the burn area, but it closed late Monday night.

  • Salvatore Jensen