Plane Crash Kills 1, Sparks Wildfire in Colorado


A southern Colorado plane crash left one person dead, another hospitalized and ignited a 70-acre wildfire Sunday, authorities said.

The small plane with two people aboard crashed near Wetmore about 4 p.m., killing one person on impact, KRDO-TV reported. A second person on the plane was flown to a hospital in Colorado Springs.

The crash sparked a blaze called the Mason Fire, which had about 75 homes in the Greenwood subdivision on standby to evacuate night Sunday, Christe Feldmann, director of the Custer County Office of Emergency Management, told KRDO.

A spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said heavy and single-engine air tankers dropped water on the fire Sunday evening. About 100 firefighters were staying on the blaze through the night.

"We've got extra resources in the area ... because it is hot and dry," said Gregg Goodland with the forest service.

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