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Colorado Wildfires Force Evacuations of 100 Homes

Monday, 21 Mar 2011 06:48 PM

DENVER (AP) — Evacuation orders have been issued for about 100 homes in the mountains west of Denver, as two separate wildfires have burned more than 700 acres on steep, rugged terrain.

Strong winds and warm, dry weather on Monday were hindering firefighters trying to keep flames from a subdivision containing about 250 homes west of Golden.

A small grass fire burning in the mountains roughly 20 miles southwest of Golden and near Evergreen is threatening 25 homes. Officials have asked people there to leave their homes.

Officials say winds gusting to 25 mph were causing firefighters to retreat off and on.

The Jefferson County sheriff's office says more homes might have to be evacuated and have told people in up to 700 houses to be ready to leave.

It's not known how the fires started.

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