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UPDATE: COLLBRAN, Colo. (AP) - The search for three ranchers missing after a huge mudslide hit in a remote part of western Colorado has been called off.

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said Tuesday the slide remained too unstable to continue searching for the men.

The three were checking on problems with an irrigation ditch caused by an initial slide Sunday when a second, much larger slide hit.

Authorities say the slide is a half-mile long and about 3 miles long. Hilkey says another slide is still possible.

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COLLBRAN, Colo. (AP) - Three men checking on a mudslide in Colorado remain missing following an all-day search Monday.  The three men - that included a county road worker - got caught in a much larger mudslide that measures a half-mile in some areas. 

Still, residents in Mesa County say they're praying for a miracle.  The county sheriff says the mudslide mostly likely was triggered by runoff from Grand Mesa following two days of strong rain.

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COLLBRAN, Colo. (AP) - Crews are searching the bottom edge of a massive mudslide in western Colorado for three men who went missing after checking on damage from an initial slide.

The men haven't been heard from since a half-mile wide piece of ridge, saturated by heavy rain, collapsed Sunday and sent mud sliding for 3 miles.

Sheriff Stan Hilkey said the search has been hampered because only the lower third of the slide is stable. At the edges there, the mud is 20 to 30 feet deep. It's believed to be several hundred feet deep in some places.

Hilkey says everyone is praying for a miracle but said no signs of the men or their truck have been found.

He has consulted with the sheriff who responded to March's mudslide in Washington state for advice on how to handle the search.


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