Wildfires claim 189 homes in northern Colorado

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Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 12:31 AM

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters continue to face dangerous conditions across much of the Rocky Mountain region.

They're working in hot, dry weather to battle a wildfire that's charred nearly 92 square miles in northern Colorado.

Authorities say eight more homes have burned near Fort Collins, bringing the total to at least 189. The fire is 50 percent contained.

Other wildfires are burning in warm, dry weather from Wyoming to Arizona to Southern California. A 907-acre blaze in San Diego County is 30 percent contained.

A grass fire has destroyed four homes outside Casper, Wyo. Another wildfire in the Medicine Bow National Forest has grown to more than 3 square miles.

In Nevada, crews are fighting a 34-square-mile fire north of Ely.

In New Mexico, firefighters are taking advantage of favorable conditions to battle a wildfire that's destroyed 242 homes and businesses.

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211-a-13-(Bill Hahnenberg, incident commander, Rocky Mountain Area Type 1 Team, at news conference)-"a difficult condition"-Incident commander Bill Hahnenberg says the weather remains unfavorable for fighting the wildfire. (18 Jun 2012)

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080-a-06-(Unidentified evacuee, in interview)-"most important thing"-This Larimer County resident says he wishes there had been more time before he had to evacuate. COURTESY: KMGH TV ((mandatory on-air credit) (18 Jun 2012)

<<CUT *080 (06/18/12)>> 00:06 "most important thing"

209-a-15-(Bill Hahnenberg, incident commander, Rocky Mountain Area Type 1 Team, at news conference)-"way she has"-Incident commander Bill Hahnenberg says he plans to intensify the firefighting effort that was hampered by unfavorable weather conditions yesterday. (18 Jun 2012)

<<CUT *209 (06/18/12)>> 00:15 "way she has"

210-a-15-(Bill Hahnenberg, incident commander, Rocky Mountain Area Type 1 Team, at news conference)-"working against us"-Incident commander Bill Hahnenberg says strong winds fanned the flames yesterday, as the fire consumed another 1,500 acres. (18 Jun 2012)

<<CUT *210 (06/18/12)>> 00:15 "working against us"

APPHOTO COEA107: Smoke billows from the High Park Fire west of Fort Collins, Colo., on Monday, June 18, 2012. The wildfire has now burned about 90 square miles and destroyed more than 180 homes. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (18 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO COEA111: A helicopter lifts off after taking on water to drop on the High Park Fire west of Fort Collins, Colo., on Monday, June 18, 2012. The wildfire has now burned about 90 square miles and destroyed more than 180 homes. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (18 Jun 2012)

<<APPHOTO COEA111 (06/18/12)>>

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