- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

LAS ANIMAS, Colo. (AP) - Fire crews are fighting a wildfire estimated to be burning on about 400 acres (0.63 square miles) on Colorado’s plains.

The Gazette reported that the fire started Thursday night in a riverbed near the Bent County Correctional Facility in a rural area east of Las Animas.

Bent County emergency manager Rick Stwalley said seven homes were evacuated Friday because of the fire but the number could rise because of the high fire danger.

National Guard helicopters were dispatched to help ground crews.

The area and the rest of the Colorado’s southeastern corner were under a red flag warning because of gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels.

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