Additional crews arrive at large Colorado wildfire

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Associated Press

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 16 at 4:30 PM

BELLVUE, Colo. (AP) — More firefighting crews are joining the battle against a Colorado wildfire that has scorched about 85 square miles and burned at least 112 homes.

It's also believed to have killed a woman whose body was found in her cabin.

Fire officials say more than 1,500 personnel are now involved in fighting the fire west of Fort Collins.

It's 20 percent contained. The incident commander says full containment could be two to four weeks away.

Hot, dry weather is expected to continue, and firefighters are keeping an eye on possible thunderstorms that could bring lightning to the area.

Firefighters also continue to battle a wildfire in New Mexico that has destroyed 224 homes while racing through 59 square miles. The fire in the Gila National Forest is 63 percent contained.

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188-a-12-(Brett Haverstick, spokesman, Incident Command, High Park Fire, at news conference)-"on the ground"-Incident Command spokesman Brett Haverstick says the High Park Fire is now 20 percent contained. (16 Jun 2012)

<<CUT *188 (06/16/12)>> 00:12 "on the ground"

014-r-08-(wind, blowing through part of Livermore that's threatened by fire.)--Wind is increasing the wildfire threat in Livermore, Colorado. (16 Jun 2012)

<<CUT *014 (06/16/12)>> 00:08

015-r-14-(helicopters, dipping water out of a pond to use on nearby wildfires)--Helicopters have been used to dip water out of a pond to use on wildfires in the Livermore, Colorado, area. (16 Jun 2012)

<<CUT *015 (06/16/12)>> 00:14

190-a-13-(Brett Haverstick, spokesman, Incident Command, High Park Fire, at news conference)-"continue to monitor"-Incident Command spokesman Brett Haverstick says the High Park Fire near Fort Collins is taking a toll on wildlife. (16 Jun 2012)

<<CUT *190 (06/16/12)>> 00:13 "continue to monitor"

APPHOTO COEA107: A sign warns motorist of the closure of Highway 14 through Poudre Canyon as columns of smoke rise in the distance from the High Park wildfire west of Fort Collins, Colo., on Friday, June 15, 2012. The wildfire started Saturday and has burned over 50,000 acres. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (15 Jun 2012)

<<APPHOTO COEA107 (06/15/12)>>

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