FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Crews are battling a wildfire in northern Colorado that has scorched between 2,000 and 3,000 acres and prompted several dozen evacuation orders.
Larimer County Sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz says the fire was reported just before 6 a.m. Saturday in the Paradise Park area. He says at least 46 structures and likely many more have been evacuated, and an evacuation center has been set up at Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte.
Schulz says two heavy air tankers, a single-engine air tanker and three helicopters are on the scene.
The fire appears to be burning on private and U.S. Forest Service land.
Meanwhile, KMGH-TV (http://bit.ly/LIFQzA) in Denver reports a grass fire has destroyed at least four outbuildings near Interstate 25 and Colorado 7 in Erie. Images from the station’s helicopter showed at least one car engulfed in flames.