More evacuations possible as fires rage across the West


Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 2:01 PM

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — More people who live near a 92-square-mile fire in northern Colorado have been told to be ready to leave their homes.

The fire west of Fort Collins has already burned at least 189 homes. Firefighters have about half of it contained, but the flames could be fanned by winds expected to gust up to 30 miles an hour today.

Another fire has forced people from homes in the foothills west of Colorado Springs. A Boy Scout camp, a recreation area and a monastery of nuns have also been evacuated.

Other wildfires are burning from Wyoming to Southern California.

A 900-acre fire in eastern San Diego County prompted the evacuation of 150 homes. A break from high winds overnight helped firefighters get that blaze 75 percent contained, and they hope to have it fully contained by the end of the day.

Favorable weather conditions are also helping firefighters battle a New Mexico wildfire that has destroyed 242 homes and businesses. The Little Bear Fire is now 60 percent contained. But a fire in the Gila (HEE'-lah) Wilderness that is already the largest in state history has grown another 1,000 acres to 463 square miles. It's 80 percent contained.

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070-a-03-(Linda Baker, wildfire evacuee, in interview)-"what they're doing"-Linda Baker says the fire crews battling the big blaze saved her home and hundreds of others. COURTESY KMGH-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Jun 2012)

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072-a-06-(Linda Baker, wildfire evacuee, in interview)-"lot of that"-Linda Baker says she knows her home and the homes of many of her neighbors are still threatened by the fire. COURTESY KMGH-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Jun 2012)

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071-a-04-(Linda Baker, wildfire evacuee, in interview)-"save somebody else's"-Linda Baker says more than a few firefighters have lost their homes to the blaze. COURTESY KMGH-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Jun 2012)

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154-a-09-(Bill Hahnenberg, incident commander, at briefing)-"of the week"-Incident commander Bill Hahnenberg says firefighters are hoping for a break in the weather. (19 Jun 2012)

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153-a-17-(Bill Hahnenberg, incident commander, at briefing)-"of the fire"-Incident commander Bill Hahnenberg says wind is a real problem. (19 Jun 2012)

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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 COCOL109: Emily Katz from Overland Park, Kansas pets one of the nearly 140 horses that were evacuated from the Springer Fire area on Monday, June 18, 2012. Katz works with the horses at Sanborn Camps near Florissant and was evacuated from her camp on Sunday. The horses are being boarded at the Teller County Fair Grounds in Cripple Creek, Colorado. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett) (17 Jun 2012)

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