"When it gets down to the grind, it's hard to stay motivated," he said.
In Canon City, 50 miles to the southwest, a wildfire that destroyed 48 buildings at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is fully contained. A lightning-sparked fire in Rocky Mountain National Park has burned about 600 acres and was 95 percent contained.
In western Colorado, a roughly 500-acre wildfire burning north of Rifle is 85 percent contained. It was started Friday by a smoldering lightning strike.