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Aspen Fire, Day 10: Growth Slows, Containment Continues to Increase

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[Update: For the latest on this fire, read our most recent story here.]

The acreage of the Aspen Fire slowed considerably yesterday, only gaining 185 acres in day's time, but with 35 percent containment and lots left to burn within the estimated containment line, the fire's size will continue to increase. Much of that line still needs to be completed on the blaze's western end. Close to 1,800 people are working on the fire, which has cost an estimated $10.6 million.

The conflagration began a week ago Monday in Sierra National Forest during a lightning storm that caused numerous small fires across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's located about seven miles north of Big Creek, a small town known for one of the largest hydroelectric projects in the world. Recreation and businesses remain open in much of the area, including Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Florence Lake, and the Mono Hot Springs areas.

Road, campground, and trail closures continue to remain in place (see closures and campsite list on yesterday's story here).

Suppression efforts has caused two minor injuries. Three buildings, which have only been identified as not historical nor residential, remain threatened, but untouched.

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