Fire Threatens Colorado Mountain Town of 400

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SOUTH FORK, Colo. The Colorado town of South Fork has emptied out, as a massive wildfire approaches the tourist community in the state's southwestern mountains.

State authorities said the 47-square-mile fire, several miles southwest of town, has been advancing at the rate of about a mile an hour.

The 400 residents are being sent to a high school in a neighboring town.

Mayor Kenneth Brooke stayed behind, for now, to help several dozen area fire responders prepare to hose down structures. He's also taking phone calls from nervous neighbors, and telling them that "it doesn't look good."

A fire spokeswoman won't speculate on the likelihood of the town burning -- though she says there's a high probability the fire will reach the town if it continues to advance as it has.

South Fork is a popular spot for hiking and camping. The fictional Griswold family camped there in the 1983 movie "National Lampoon's Vacation."

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