Gusty Winds Fan Wildfire That Threatens “Numerous Homes”

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (March 15, 2013)--A 40-acre wildfire was burning Friday in gusty winds and warm weather in northern Colorado, threatening homes near Fort Collins and forcing about 50 residents to leave the area.

Smoke from the fire was visible Friday 60 miles away in the northern Denver suburbs.

Fire spokesman Capt. Patrick Love says the fire was burning just outside Lory State Park west of Fort Collins.

The fire broke out at a time when much of the state is dealing with drought conditions after a relatively dry winter and a deadly wildfire season last year.

Temperatures reached into the 70s along Colorado's Front Range, but cooler weather was expected Saturday.

The Larimer County Sheriff's office said one structure has been affected by the fire, but officials didn’t know to what extent or whether the building was a house.

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