- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

DENVER (AP) - High winds knocked out power to several areas of Colorado on Thursday, fueling a wildfire that destroyed several hundred acres in Weld County and sending temperatures soaring in some cities.

The National Weather Service says winds near 100 miles per hour were reported near Glen Haven and Frisco, and Denver broke an 86-year-old record high temperature when it hit 72 degrees. Pueblo recorded temperatures in the 80s.

Several power outages were reported in southern Colorado.

Weather forecaster Jim Kalina in Boulder says the whip-sawing winds were caused by a combination of chinook winds crossing the mountains, combined with colder weather in the eastern part of the state.

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