Fire evacuees in Utah return home, crews cede ground in CO blaze

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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 24 at 4:30 AM

UNDATED (AP) — About 2,300 Utah wildfire evacuees are returning to their homes in the Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain area, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. Officials say the blaze no longer poses a direct threat to them.

The fire, which officials believe was started by target shooters is 30 percent contained. Full containment is expected Tuesday.

Crews also are battling a 16,500-acre brush fire on high desert near a town in central Utah.

In Colorado, firefighters have given up some ground to a wildfire that's scorched more than 118 square miles and destroyed at least 191 homes west of Fort Collins. Crews stationed near threatened homes had to retreat for their safety, and the fire's containment slipped from 60 percent to 45 percent.

Hot, dry weather and gusty winds are also fueling two new wildfires in Colorado.

A 600-acre wildfire west of Colorado Springs prompted an evacuation of a gated community and a nature center. Another blaze erupted near a tourist town and the Beaver Meadows entrance on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park

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