Lightning starts new fire south of Cortez

Lightning starts new fire south of Cortez

A Skycrane lowers to fill up at a pond south of Cortez as another helicopter prepares to dump water on the Escarpment Fire southeast of Road G and Hwy. 160.
A helicopter moves into position to dump water Wednesday afternoon on a lightning caused fire near Mesa Verde National Park on Ute Mountain Ute land.
Flames flare up as a Skycrane moves into position to dump water above the fire to prevent it from reaching the top of the mesa Wednesday afternoon. The Escarpment Fire was caused by lightning Tuesday night.
The Escarpment Fire erupts Wednesday afternoon after a lightning strike Tuesday night. See more photos on page 7A.

Lightning starts new fire south of Cortez

A Skycrane lowers to fill up at a pond south of Cortez as another helicopter prepares to dump water on the Escarpment Fire southeast of Road G and Hwy. 160.
A helicopter moves into position to dump water Wednesday afternoon on a lightning caused fire near Mesa Verde National Park on Ute Mountain Ute land.
Flames flare up as a Skycrane moves into position to dump water above the fire to prevent it from reaching the top of the mesa Wednesday afternoon. The Escarpment Fire was caused by lightning Tuesday night.
The Escarpment Fire erupts Wednesday afternoon after a lightning strike Tuesday night. See more photos on page 7A.
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