A raging wildfire that swelled within a day to 8,000 acres in northern Colorado, burning structures and forcing evacuations, will likely grow Sunday, fire officials said.
“Fire behavior and fire weather has not been our friend,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said late Saturday.
Firefighters battled the blaze, dubbed the High Park fire, that has been fanned by high temperatures and dry brush since it began Saturday morning 15 miles west of Fort Collins, according to InciWeb, the U.S. multi-agency Incident Fire Response website.
“Ten structures are confirmed lost or damaged and others are threatened,” InciWeb reported. There were no immediate details available about the type of structures destroyed.
Fire officials ordered a number of evacuations in the area, and an emergency shelter was established at a middle school in La Porte.
At least 200 firefighters, along with air tankers and helicopters are battling the blaze, officials said.
Smith said his agency and local firefighters went door-to-door to make sure people got out safely as the blaze consumed acres of land west of Fort Collins.
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