Vicious wildfires spread to Colo. tourist centers

2:16 AM, Jun 25, 2012   |    comments
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Authorities say the total number of homes destroyed by a fire that's been burning in northern Colorado for two weeks is now 248.

The Denver Post reports that fire officials told residents of the Glacier View subdivision that at least 57 more homes in their neighborhood have been lost.

The confirmed count previously was 191 homes, already a Colorado record.

Fire incident team spokeswoman Reghan Cloudman tells the newspaper that 1,200 of the 4,300 homeowners evacuated from the path of High Park fire were allowed to return to their properties Sunday.

The wildfire near Fort Collins has scorched more than 118 square miles. It is one of eight now burning in the state.

One of those fires erupted near Colorado Springs on Saturday, causing about 11,000 people to leave their homes.

Authorities said Sunday that they were allowing about 5,000 of those residents to return.

(Associated Press)

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