Homes evacuated in CO

Wildfires continued Wednesday in Colorado.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BALTIMORE | January 11, 2006


Wildfires continued Wednesday in Colorado, where authorities evacuated 130 homes due to a nearby wildfire.

High winds fanned the Coal Creek wildfire in Jefferson County late Tuesday, allowing it to quickly grow to 2,700 acres in size. A spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said no homes were immediately threatened and the evacuation is a precaution.

Five homes in Colorado and four homes in Arkansas burned Sunday as wildfires continued to spread, according to fire information reports.

In southern Colorado, at least 200 residents were evacuated as a 6,000-acre fire spread from Huerfano to Las Animas County. Five homes were destroyed in that area, which is not far from the New Mexico line. Wind gusts of 50-mph made firefighting extremely difficult.

In Arkansas, a six-mile-long wildfire grew to 3,000 acres and destroyed four homes east of Hamburg, in Ashley County, along the Louisiana-Arkansas border.

Two homes were damaged during small grassfires in Oklahoma on Sunday as well. Dry weather and high winds have made the past two months ripe for wildfires across much of the southeran and western U.S.


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