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Wildfires continue to wreak havoc in Colorado as Denver-based Encana Oil & Gas shut down about 500 natural-gas wells and a processing plant in the northwest part of Rio Blanco County.

The Rio Blanco County sheriff’s office last week ordered the evacuation of Encana’s Dragon Trail gas-processing plant near Rangely. The plant employs eight workers.

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Encana shut down the wells in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management, said Encana spokesman Doug Hock. He said the wells are relatively low-flowing and represent a small portion of Encana’s output in Colorado.

Hock said authorities will assess the status of the fire and its proximity to the wells and plant.

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Leading into this week, three hot-shot crews made “excellent progress” constructing fire lines and the fire was about 10 percent contained. The agency said the fire has burned 1,065 acres.

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