Fast-Growing Colorado Wildfire Prompts Evacuations

Monday, 26 Mar 2012 09:57 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

A wildfire erupted amid dry, windy weather in Colorado on Monday and quickly spread to at least 200 acres, prompting authorities to evacuate 374 homes in the mountains southwest of Denver.

Up to a dozen smaller fires were reported from the northeast Colorado plains to the southern part of the state. There were no immediate reports of injuries or structures burned by any of the fires.

The 200-acre fire was about 25 miles southwest of Denver. Shelters were set up in two high schools and the Red Cross said it was preparing to send cots and blankets.

The National Weather Service said sustained winds of up to 40 mph hit the fire area with gusts up to 55 mph. Billows of smoke were visible from downtown Denver.

Another fire was burning on Lookout Mountain west of Denver, where homes dot the forest along a steep, winding road with spectacular views. No size estimate was immediately available.

The Colorado Department of Emergency Management said small grass fires ignited in Morgan, Logan and Weld counties on the northeast Colorado plains. Winds on the plains were gusting to 50 mph.

Denver airport officials warned that high winds could delay arriving and departing flights by up to 30 minutes Monday night

Pueblo County in southern Colorado reported nine small fires ranging from debris piles to a car destroyed in an auto body shop after embers from a trash fire spread to the building.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Poll: Most Religious Americans Still Identify as Republican

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 10:36 AM

Pollsters have found that religion continues to influence political affiliation, with those who identify as most religio . . .

Politico: House GOP Balks at Chasing Tax Cheats

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 10:21 AM

Amid the ongoing Internal Revenue Service tea party targeting scandal, House Republicans are turning their backs on Sena . . .

Paul Ryan Promotes New Safety Net Plan

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 08:46 AM

Rep. Paul Ryan is promoting the proposal he made last week to overhaul the nation's social safety net by giving states g . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved