Wildfire Destroys Most Homes in Colo. History

By: Thomas Peipert (Associated Press)
By: Thomas Peipert (Associated Press)
Blaze has scorched about 85 square miles, and is still raging

Crystal Foust watches from County Road 56 as a helicopter flies over a wildfire burning in a mountainous area about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo., on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Firefighters on Sunday were fighting wildfires that have spread quickly in parched forests in Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary. The Colorado fire grew to 22 square miles within about a day of being reported and has destroyed or damaged 18 structures. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

DENVER (AP) -- Additional crews have arrived at a wildfire in northern Colorado that has scorched about 85 square miles and destroyed at least 181 homes, destroying most homes in the state's history.

More than 1,500 personnel are working on the fire about 15 miles west of Fort Collins. The lightning-caused blaze was reported June 9 and was 20 percent contained.

Fire information officer Brett Haberstick says hot and dry weather is expected to continue, but crews have made progress in containing a 200-acre spot fire north of the Cache La Poudre River, a critical line of defense against northward growth.

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