facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Colorado wildfire blackens 800+ acres

March 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM   |   Comments

FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 15 (UPI) -- A wind-fanned wildfire blackened more than 800 acres in Colorado Friday, prompting authorities to make hundreds of evacuation calls.

The Galena fire was burning outside Lory State Park northwest of Fort Collins, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said.

The Denver Post reported the wildfire, originally called the Soldier Canyon fire, was being pushed by erratic winds, and efforts to contain it were complicated by low humidity and record temperatures.

"Winds have been extremely erratic," Capt. Patrick Love of the Poudre Fire Authority said.

The newspaper reported officials said Friday afternoon they had sent out 860 evacuation phone calls. Initially, 281 calls were made to the north of the fire, but concern for that area was scaled back and a second round of 579 calls were made south of the fire, the Post said.

Dozens of firefighters were deployed to battle the fire, which was first reported at 11:45 a.m. local time. Aircraft could not be used because of high winds.

A second, smaller fire reported Friday in LaPorte was contained Friday afternoon after about 50 homes were evacuated.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
2
Freedom variant LCS takes to water Freedom variant LCS takes to water
3
New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates
4
Christian minister helps two lesbian couples sue Mississipi over same-sex marriage ban Christian minister helps two lesbian couples sue Mississipi over same-sex marriage ban
5
Liberals and conservatives get their news from different sources Liberals and conservatives get their news from different sources
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback