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Colorado Wildfire Reaches Record Proportions

June 18, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

Fire crews face another day of powerful winds fueling a wildfire that has charred about 90 square miles of forested mountains in northern Colorado.

The fire danger was high across much of the Rocky Mountain region because of hot, dry weather and expected gusty winds, The Associated Press reported.

Firefighters at the High Park fire west of Fort Collins dealt with 30 mph winds and gusts of up to 50 mph Sunday. Some rain moved through Saturday evening, but it wasn’t enough to quell the fire.

“The problem is that when you have a fire like this, even if it rains it evaporates before it hits the ground,” said Larimer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Julie Berney.

Despite the winds, fire officials said crews Sunday were able to maintain most existing fire lines, with the fire chewing through about 1,000 more acres.

About 1,750 personnel were working on the fire, which was sparked by lightning and was 45 percent contained.

The fire has destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in state history. It surpassed the Fourmile Canyon wildfire that destroyed 169 homes near Boulder two years ago.

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