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The 416 fire cost $27.8 million to date, Spring Creek fire spawns 300-foot flames; the latest on Colorado wildfires.

The 416 fire cost $27.8 million to date, Spring Creek fire spawns 300-foot flames; the latest on Colorado wildfires.

SPRING CREEK FIRE

The fire has raged to about 79,000 acres and destroyed at least 104 residences, rekindling memories of the state’s drought-driven, destructive 2002 fire season.

Burning in Costilla and Huerfano counties, the fire has exploded in thousand-acre increments recently fueled by Red Flag fire warning conditions. Evacuee orders remain in place because of the fast-moving fire.

The fire on Monday made a “significant run” along the ridgeline north of Raspberry Mountain, fire officials said Tuesday, with flames shooting over 300 feet high. The fire continues to follow heavy fuels, moving downslope eastward toward Highway 12 north of Pine Haven.

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