- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

DENVER (AP) - A wildfire that has forced the evacuation of 350 homes in southern Colorado has grown to an estimated 22 square miles (57 square kilometers).

Authorities say the fire in the mountains east of Fort Garland has destroyed some structures since it started Wednesday but haven’t released details yet about the extent of the damage.

Firefighters are also fighting several new fires that started Thursday in very hot and bone-dry weather.

One near Rocky Mountain National Park forced the evacuation of about 300 homes in Grand County but firefighters got a good jump on stopping its advance.

Two other new fires, one near Fraser and to the south in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, are burning in remote areas and aren’t threatening any homes.



Another fire that started in southwestern Colorado on June 1 remains active.

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