June 11th, 2012
10:07 AM ET

Uncontrolled Colorado wildfire nearly doubles overnight

A sprawling wildfire in northern Colorado nearly doubled in size again Monday, spewing plumes of smoke and forcing the evacuation of thousands.

The fire grew to 36,930 acres, authorities said Monday. It had been estimated at 20,000 acres Sunday night.

The Red Cross, Humane Society and other aid groups mobilized to help evacuees while at least 400 firefighters, aided by air tankers and helicopters from as far away as Canada battled the fire about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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  1. Portland tony

    If this fire is as bad as the press reports, it's about time the FEDS get involved. Perhaps cranking up some stateside CH-47's military helicopters carrying bladders of water or fire retardant.

    June 11, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Un-moderated at last 🙂

      June 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    My first moderated comment in over a year....Do I get a prize?

    June 11, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |

      Yes: its on your front porch!

      June 11, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    "Moderated comments'. Not new to me @Portland tony. Welcome to the club.

    June 11, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    Good Morning, I do hope this wildfire gets under control. I believe we are all members of that club.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |

      Some more than others. 😉 😀

      June 11, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    Let the military get some stateside based Chinooks (CH-47s) with fire suppression chemicals loaded in bladders involved. That was "moderated"

    June 11, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |

    Keep the military away from fighting fires, that structural bureaucracy is mainly what is wrong with the process now, lots of brass and for every fighter you have 95% of your resources sitting on their butts doing no more than make a living._

    June 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Not all the Pentagon, just helicopters. Those old retired P-2 and P-3s and the Canadian scooper s can't handle it. Six Chinooks, no ground pounders, would be able hit the hot spots plus give the pilots some flight hours!

      June 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Good morning @dazzle and fellow bloggers.
    Like all other services, firefighting capability has been hit hard with paucity of funds, retired aircraft and such. States ,cities and towns are facing closures and cut backs of these essential services. Tax dollars going where the gods up on the Hill want them to.

    June 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I have friends in no. CO.
    I hope they will be all right!
    My hope is that they contain the fire with no loss of life.

    ,Portland tony:
    It was your use of the word re.....nt after the word 'fire'.
    Welcome to the club!

    June 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    @bamasy, this fire is monstrous and I pray that they can bring it under control. The peeps I know in CO, have been evacuated and are doing fine.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dazzle ©

    @banasy, too quick on the keys.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @dazzle ©:
    I've been called worse.
    And, phew.

    June 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |