Massive Wildfire Could Doom South Park, Colo.

SOUTH FORK, Colo. (June 21, 2013)--A massive wildfire was headed toward the Colorado mountain town of South Fork Friday, and fire managers said the chances of saving the town were slim.

The tourist town was evacuated Friday morning as the 47-square-mile acre West Fork Fire moved closer.

Wildland firefighters were teaming up with local firefighters to try to save the town, which is surrounded by forest.

Fire spokesman Penny Bertram says officials rate the chances of saving the town of about 400 full-time residents as "low to moderate."

Bertram says the hot, dry and windy weather coupled with large stands of trees killed by beetles are causing extreme fire behavior.

While most fires actively burn four hours a day, this one is burning for 12.

The fictional Griswold family camped in South Fork in 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation."


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