Crews fight lightning-caused fires in Glade Park

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GLADE PARK, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Crews are still working to put out a fire believed to have been caused by lightning in Glade Park -- it's being called the Ladder fire.

"We were watching the storms and we knew there was a lot of dry lightning going on so we figured we would have some fires this morning," Jim Cook, a Glade Park resident, said.

The brush fire is around 20-acres and 50 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon.

It's on South 21 1/2 Road. Smoke from the fire could be seen all the way from Grand Junction.

Air tankers helped to stop the spread of the fire, making drops at a little before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

No homes are threatened at this time.

The sheriff's office says this fire is just one of many that were started by lightning in the last few days. There were also fires near the Colorado River close to the Utah border, near Enoch Lake, at Miracle Rock and in the Bookcliffs.

"It's really scary," Cook said. "Everybody is on high alert here."

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