Wildfire Still Going Strong in Southern Colorado

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DEL NORTE, Colo. (AP) A strong, stubborn wildfire in southern Colorado is showing no signs of burning out. Authorities said Sunday the blaze near a popular summer retreat was remaining strong because of wind and dead trees in an area suffering from a drought.

The weather has prevented fire crews from making progress on the blaze, which grew overnight to 108 square miles, up from 100 on Saturday. The speed with which the fire has spread is exceptional: It was just below 50 square miles Friday evening.

No structures have been lost in the fire, and no injuries have been reported.

It is doubtful fire crews could establish any containment lines until there's a break in the weather, possibly Tuesday, officials said. They remained optimistic they can protect the town, however.

As of Sunday, officials firefighters remained focused on protecting South Fork, the Wolf Creek ski area and homes along Highway 149.

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