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Firefighter injured fighting Colo. wildfire

Firefighters have been warned to watch for loose rock, other debris that could fall from overhead

By Robert Allen
The Coloradoan

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The firefighting effort continues to ramp up as the wildfire enters its third day, bringing with it a chance for gusty winds and lightning. Some 180 firefighters are on order to join the roughly 150 at the scene from local agencies and across the state. Further resources, including a large airplane tanker, are expected.

"This is different from a lot of Fort Collins-area fires because of the limited access," said Jackie Parks with the U.S. Forest Service.

There's no road access near the fire, which is burning as high as 7,500 feet, and Hewlett Gulch and Grey Rock trailheads are the main access points for firefighters. Firefighters have been warned to watch for loose rock and other debris that could fall from overhead. One firefighter was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital on Tuesday evening with apparent second-degree burns to the face and arm, caused by radiant heat, according to Poudre Valley EMS radio traffic. A Poudre Valley spokesman later confirmed that paramedics were called to the fire scene to transport a firefighter.

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