Crews battle wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico

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Reporter - Robert Bradfield

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Crews in Colorado and New Mexico have their hands full today with a pair of fast-moving wildfires

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High winds are fanning the fires through parched forests, forcing scores of evacuations and destroying or damaging numerous structures.

 

A blaze first reported yesterday morning northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado had grown to about 8,000 acres last night. Residents living along several roads in the region have been ordered to evacuate and many more have been warned that they might have to flee. At least 18 structures have been destroyed or damaged, although officials were unsure if they were homes or some other kind of buildings. No injuries have been reported.

 

Meanwhile the Little Bear fire in southern New Mexico's Lincoln National Forest jumped containment lines. It's burning about 10,000 acres. Fire officials say the mix of timber, dry grass and the steepness of the slopes have been making the firefighting efforts difficult.

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