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Firefighters make progress on Colo., NM wildfires

4:19 PM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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LOVELAND, Colorado - Firefighters in Colorado and New Mexico are making progress containing two large wildfires that have forced hundreds of people from their homes.

The Colorado fire, blamed for a woman's death, was 5 percent contained Tuesday. Firefighters are hoping to double that progress on the 68 square mile fire 15 miles west of Fort Collins.

Authorities plan to allow 90 residents back to their homes but others elsewhere were being warned to be ready to leave. A 56-square-mile fire burning in southern New Mexico is now 30 percent contained after firefighters took advantage of a break in hot, windy weather to build 25 miles of containment lines Monday.

DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press

The Associated Press

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