Colo. fire grows to 800 acres

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Update @ 5:20 PM

FORT COLLINS, Colo (AP) -- One northern Colorado resident near a wind-whipped wildfire says the March blaze, "is a really bad start."

The wildfire is threatening homes west of Fort Collins and has prompted more than 50 people to leave the area.

Angela Dietrich, whose home is not in the fire's immediate path, said the smoke was so bad she couldn't see her yard from inside the house.

The fire began burning near the visitors' center in Lory State Park near the scene of a large wildfire last summer that burned 259 homes and killed one person. Firefighters are also battling another smaller fire nearby.

Colorado's wildfire season also started in March last year.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A 40-acre wildfire burning in gusty winds and warm weather in northern Colorado was threatening homes west of Fort Collins and has caused about 50 people to leave the area.

The fire started burning near the visitors' center in Lory State Park in an area near where a large wildfire burned 259 homes last summer. Firefighters were also battling another smaller fire nearby.

Crews appear to have made some progress stopping the fire's advance toward homes to the north and were focusing on the fire's southern end.

Poudre Fire Capt. Patrick Love said aircraft have been requested to fight the fire but he doesn't believe any are in the area so early in the year.

Temperatures are in the 70s along Colorado's Front Range but part of a reservoir near the fire is still frozen.




 
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