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Moffat County Alkali Fire July 23, 2014

The Alkali Fire quickly jumped to 8,000 acres on Wednesday, threatening the lives of three people before it burned a homestead and a barn. The fire is burning grass and sagebrush on private land roughly 14 miles northeast of Maybell near Moffat County Road 19.

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The northeast edge of the Alkali Fire burns 5,000 acres north of Moffat County Roads 8 and 7. Photo by Lauren Blair

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Ed Brannan watches his land burn from a safe vantage point on the southwestern edge of the fire. He and his brother, John Brannan, own 6,000 acres in the area. It is unknown how much of their land has burned in the Alkali Fire, which consumed more than 20,000 acres. Photo by Lauren Blair

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A Colorado Department of Public Safety truck rushes towards the edge of the fire along Moffat County Road 6 Wednesday evening. Photo by Lauren Blair

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The fireline along the southern edge of the Alkali fire blows eastward Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Lauren Blair

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Two graders work Wednesday to create a fireline along the southern edge of the Alkali fire to keep the flames from spreading. Photo by Lauren Blair

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The fireline burns along southern edge of the Alkali fire in Moffat County. Photo by Lauren Blair

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A single-engine airplane makes repeated passes over the Alkali fire to drop fire retardant. Photo by Lauren Blair

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The southern edge of the Alkali fire burns Moffat County land. Photo by Lauren Blair

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A BLM fire truck refills from a Moffat County water truck before going back out to tackle the Alkali fire Wednesday. Photo by Lauren Blair

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The Alkali fire sends plumes of smoke into the air north of Moffat County Road 8. Photo by Lauren Blair

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A plane drops retardant on the southern edge of the Alkali fire late Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Lauren Blair

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A plane leaves a trail of retardant behind it in efforts to control the Alkali fire Wednesday evening. Photo by Lauren Blair

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Burnt land left behind by the Alkali fire. Photo by Lauren Blair

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Plumes of smoke rise from the Alkali fire as the sun begins to set Wednesday evening. Photo by Lauren Blair

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