June 11th, 2012
03:46 AM ET

Hundreds of homes in path of runaway Colorado wildfire, sheriff says

Hundreds of families took refuge early Monday at a northern Colorado middle school-turned-shelter, waiting for word on whether a fast-moving wildfire that forced thousands to flee had destroyed their homes.

At least 250 firefighters, along with air tankers and helicopters, worked overnight to try to slow down a wildfire that has destroyed more than 20,000 acres, though authorities conceded there was little hope in stopping the fire that is being fanned by strong winds and dry brush.

Crews have had some success safeguarding some homes and businesses, though Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said "hundreds of homes" need protecting, ceding some may not be able to be saved.

At least 18 structures, a mix of homes and outbuildings, have been destroyed or damaged since the fire began Saturday morning, according to county emergency management officials and InciWeb, the U.S. multi-agency Incident Fire Response website.


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  1. Sinfully Yours

    Runaway wildfire?! I never new wildfires had legs or a home to begin with. I guess child services should look into this.
    I always thought the term wildfire meant the fire was "wild" or "uncontrolled." Thank you for the entertainment this morning CNN.

    June 11, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |

      I like the way you think.

      June 11, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Changed your name, didn't you, PEDO BEAR?

    June 11, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |

      Why would I change my name? I take pride in my posts. No need to hide behind other names. Lots of "fun" articles over the weekend that I missed. I was out of town and "unplugged" for the weekend. It was kind of nice. Thank you for asking. 🙂

      June 11, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |