Hot winds fan wildfires in West

LOVELAND, Colo. - Firefighters faced dangerous conditions across much of the Rocky Mountain region Monday, as hot, dry weather and gusty winds threatened to fuel a wildfire that has charred nearly 91 square miles in northern Colorado.

Authorities said three more homes may have burned in the fire near Fort Collins. The blaze started June 9 and already has destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in the state’s history.

Temperatures in the 90s and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour were expected Monday, a day after strong winds helped spread the fire and prompted more evacuation orders.


Other wildfires were burning in warm, arid weather from Wyoming to Arizona to Southern California, where a blaze that prompted the evacuation of at least 150 homes was 30 percent contained Monday.

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Fire officials warned that the 907-acre fire in eastern San Diego County still threatens 200 houses and other buildings. The fire has destroyed at least one home.

In Colorado, another fire that started Sunday in the foothills west of Colorado Springs prompted evacuations of cabins, a Boy Scout camp, and a recreation area near the Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir, which provides water to the Denver area.

That fire has burned about 1 1/2 square miles, and fire managers said it has the potential to grow much more in the dry, windy conditions. Authorities hadn’t listed a containment figure by Monday.