Residents return to South Fork after wildfire evacuation

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
South Fork residents and business owners are eager to return to their home after being forced to leave due to the West Fork Complex wildfire.

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SOUTH FORK, Colo. (AP) - Residents and visitors are being allowed back in the southwestern Colorado town of South Fork, a week after they were forced out because of a massive wildfire.

The evacuation order was lifted Friday because firefighters feel confident they can defend the summer retreat should the fire again advance toward it. They've dug a wide bulldozer line that they can expand if needed, and they have also been dropping water along U.S. Highway 160 near town all week.

The town relies on tourism so business owners have been anxious to reopen.

The West Fork Fire, one of three wildfires burning on a total of 140 square miles in the area, is within about 3 miles of town.

The fires have been fueled by beetle-killed trees and fanned by hot, windy weather.

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