Colorado fires force evacuations; 2 homes destroyed

Colorado fires force evacuations; 2 homes destroyed

Colorado fires force evacuations; 2 homes destroyed

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Posted on March 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

WRAY, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities say at least two homes have been destroyed and three firefighters injured in a large wildfire that is forcing evacuations in northeastern Colorado's rural Yuma County.

Mike McCaleb, emergency manager in neighboring Washington County, says the blaze started at about 1:15 p.m. Sunday south of Yuma, and firefighters are battling low visibility and gusty winds. He says the fire is estimated to be about 10 miles long and about a mile and a half wide.

Meanwhile, Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day tells KUSA-TV (http://on9news.tv/FPoIXr ) authorities used an automated phone system to notify area residents in an area 14 miles wide and 16 miles long. It's unclear exactly how many people were asked or ordered to evacuate.

Day says three firefighters suffered minor injuries and are being treated at a nearby hospital.

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