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Following intense wildfires across the West this summer, an environmental group has released a study saying such fires are no more likely on federal public lands than state lands.

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Lightning has sparked a wildfire on Bureau of Land Management lands east of Dove Creek. According to a release, the fire was discovered Saturday burning in steep, rugged terrain covered in piñon and juniper. Fire crews were working on the ground to suppress the blaze and a helicopter was providing water drops. The fire was zero percent contained as of Monday afternoon, the most recent information available.

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Controlled burns may be the only way to fight the spread of chronic wasting disease among deer and elk.

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Firefighters are working to suppress the East Rim Fire on public lands northeast of Dove Creek. The lightning-sparked blaze reached 250 acres Wednesday and was burning near the Dolores River Canyon south of the Pyramid formation and east of the river. Fire restrictions on BLM Tres Rios Field Office lands were implemented on Tuesday.

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With the Lightner Creek Fire west of Durango just 20 percent contained as of Friday morning, city officials have canceled Durango’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display. The Durango Herald reports the cancellation was because of dangerous fire conditions and the fact that resources are stretched thin. The Lightner Creek Fire was about 360 acres in size Friday morning and a type II incident command team had taken control of the blaze. Meanwhile, crews with the San Juan National Forest continued to monitor a lightning-sparked fire in the Ryman Creek area south of Rico.

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