Crews Make Progress on Big Meadows Fire

One firefighter evacuated

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Fire crews made progress on a remote fire in Rocky Mountain National Park on Sunday, but said they feared high winds and lightning could erase some of their gains. The Big Meadows fire was 75 precent contained as of Sunday, with 604 acres consumed. Fire managers said they would send away one reconnaissance plane and a heavy helicopter assigned to they incident, and planned to release two hotshot crews.

Also on Sunday, a firefighter assigned to the blaze had to be evacuated by helicopter after suffering a medical emergency. Information officer Bill Kight wouldn't comment on the nature of the incident, except to say that the firefighter was not injured in an accident.

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