June 10th, 2012
02:17 AM ET

Evacuations ordered as Colorado fire grows to 8,000 acres

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.

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.

At least 200 firefighters backed air tankers and helicopters are battling the blaze, officials said.

Compounding the problem is a shortage of resources, said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. He said a lot of regional resources are already deployed fighting other outbreaks, such as the Whitewater Baldy fire in New Mexico.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Never On Time"

    Blah Blah Blah

    June 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    @Jeff:
    Yep.
    And, hi.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Blah blah blah

    Of the hundreds of people who visit these blogs, only a small % feel compelled to show a public face of sympathy.
    It goes without saying that we are all saddened at any tragic loss of life.
    Also notice these sad sacks rarely (if ever) post sympathies for people unjustly killed by US troops. (war criminals...never was there a war without there being war criminals busted on both sides)

    June 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Blah blah blah

    "collateral damage" they say. Sickening how they call victims of war crimes collateral damage, even as troops sit in jail for the crimes!

    June 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    You have a problem with people expressing sympathy and empathy with others, Blah blah?
    How odd.
    There should be more of this in the world, not less.

    June 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
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