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Lind Fire update

Blaze is burning in dry grass, wheat and sage

UPDATE: Lind Fire Chief Kevin Starring corrected numbers released by the State Fire Marshal's Office yesterday. Starring said the fire was contained to 2,200 acres; the state incorrectly reported 20,000. About 30 residents chose to evacuate, but returned home after a few hours, he said.

LIND - Fire evacuation notices have been issued for the community due to a fire burning in dry grass, sage and wheat.

The State Fire Marshal's Office estimated the Lind Fire at 20,000 acres at about 3 p.m. today, Sunday, June 27.

It was initially reported about 10:56 a.m. just off U.S. Highway 395, about two miles outside the city, officials said. Southbound state Highway 21 is closed to traffic due to the fire.

Adams County Fire District No. 2 Chief Kevin Starring requested and received state mobilization. Aircraft are now assigned to the fire.

Fire evacuation notices have been issued as the blaze is threatening crops, homes and other buildings, officials said.

The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.

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