Large wildfire keeps on engulfing northern Colorado and New Mexico
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Large wildfire keeps on engulfing northern Colorado and New Mexico

Denver : CO : USA | Jun 10, 2012 at 2:19 AM PDT
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Large Wildfire 10 miles from here!! Hewlit Gulch Fire on HWY 14, 15 miles NW of Ft. Collins ,CO USA

On Saturday, a fire broke around 6 a.m. in the northwest area of Fort Collins called Paradise Park. The crews would be seen battling in northern Colorado in later hours as the fast-moving wildfire reportedly scorched nearly 8,000 acres of land. Further, the fire also prompted authorities to issue several dozen evacuation orders. People were not safe even in New Mexico.

John Schulz, a spokesperson for Sheriff’s Larimer County Office informed they were informed about the fire just before 6 a.m. Saturday. However, it was yet to be determined whether what could be the cause(s) of fire. According to John, residents of at least 46 structures were advised to evacuate while residents of another 30 were issued warnings; that they might have to flee soon. An evacuation center was also set up at a middle school in Laporte.

There were reports about ten structures receiving damages, although authorities didn’t mention whether they were homes or buildings of some other kind. No injuries have so far been reported. Flames and plumes of thick black smoke would be seen all over the vast region with flames dangerously approaching what appeared to be several outbuildings, homes as well as several trees in the area.

People were being evacuated from the fire-hit areas on priority basis, said Schulz by adding that working under temperatures close to mid-80s made the job extremely difficult for the fire-fighters. Humidity levels in Fort Collins were observed between 5 per cent and 10 per cent while helicopters, heavy and single-engine air tankers would also be seen fighting the blaze on Saturday afternoon.

Flames were rapidly burning both the private and U.S. Forest Service land while the sustained winds only added more fuel to already growing wildfire. Chad Gimmestad, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said that later, the conditions looked really favourable for taking the fire off. Weather appeared to be bit cooer thus making the fire-fighters found it easy to benefit from conditions.

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