More evacuations possible as fires rage across the West

3:30 PM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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LOVELAND, Colorado - More people who live near a 92-square-mile fire in northern Colorado have been told to be ready to leave their homes.

The fire west of Fort Collins has already burned at least 189 homes. Firefighters have about half of it contained, but the flames could be fanned by winds expected to gust up to 30 miles an hour today. Another fire has forced people from homes in the foothills west of Colorado Springs.

A Boy Scout camp, a recreation area and a monastery of nuns have also been evacuated. Other wildfires are burning from Wyoming to Southern California.

A 900-acre fire in eastern San Diego County prompted the evacuation of 150 homes. A break from high winds overnight helped firefighters get that blaze 75 percent contained, and they hope to have it fully contained by the end of the day.

Favorable weather conditions are also helping firefighters battle a New Mexico wildfire that has destroyed 242 homes and businesses. The Little Bear Fire is now 60 percent contained. But a fire in the Gila Wilderness that is already the largest in state history has grown another 1,000 acres to 463 square miles. It's 80 percent contained.

The Associated Press

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