Sunday, June 10, 2012

Wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico ravage thousands of acres of forest and cause massive evacuations

Fast-spreading wildfires have caused evacuations in Colorado and New Mexico on Saturday.

In northern Colorado, between 2,000 and 3,000 acres have been scorched by flames while 10,000 acres in New Mexico are ablaze.

Hundreds of emergency personnel are responding to both crises.

'This the fire we always feared we'd have,' Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said at an 8 p.m. press conference, the Denver Post reported.

The Colorado fire was reported just before 6 a.m. Saturday in the mountainous Paradise Park area about 25 miles northwest of Fort Collins.

He said at least 46 structures and likely many more have been evacuated, and an evacuation center has been set up at Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte.

Several structures are in the area, but no damage or injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Read More