DENVER (June 17, 2012)--) - Hot, dry and windy conditions Sunday were making it tough on crews battling wildfires in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.
The 85-square-mile fire burning west of Fort Collins, Colo. has now destroyed 181 homes, more than any other fire in the state’s history.
More than 1,600 personnel are working to contain the blaze.
Lightning sparked the fire more than a week ago.
It was about 20 percent contained Sunday, but crews are expecting wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour along ridge tops and temperatures in the 90s on Sunday.
Crews in New Mexico, meanwhile, have the Little Bear Fire 60 percent contained.
It has burned 59 square miles and destroyed 242 homes and commercial structures.
The area has gotten some relief from the dry weather, but the three-quarters of an inch of rain that fell Saturday has prompted flash flood warnings.
In Arizona, officials say a fire in the Tonto National Forest doubled in size over the past 24 hours to 3,100 acres.
Crews have it 15 percent contained.
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