Wildfire destroys most homes in Colo. history

11:01 AM, Jun 17, 2012   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) -- Fire crews in northern Colorado are bracing for powerful winds expected to fan the High Park Fire that's already scorched about 85 square miles west of Fort Collins.

The blaze is burning in mountainous forest land, but it has destroyed at least 181 homes. That's the most in state history.

Lightning started the fire, which is believed to have killed one person -- a 62-year-old woman whose body was found in her cabin.

More than 1,600 personnel on the scene have the fire about 20 percent contained. But the fire's incident commander says full containment could be two to four weeks away.

Firefighters have also been extinguishing spot fires that have erupted along the main fire's containment lines.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts could hit 50 mph along ridge tops today and temperatures are expected to reach the 90s.

Associated Press

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