Wildfire destroys most homes in Colo. history

Authorities say a wildfire in northern Colorado that has destroyed 181 homes and burned more than 85 square miles is 45 percent contained.

Poudre Fire Authority crews battle a wildfire in a mountainous area about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo., on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Firefighters on Sunday were fighting wildfires that have spread quickly in parched forests in Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary. The Colorado fire grew to 22 square miles within about a day of being reported and has destroyed or damaged 18 structures. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

DENVER (AP) -- Authorities say a wildfire in northern Colorado that has destroyed 181 homes and burned more than 85 square miles is 45 percent contained.

More than 1,600 personnel are working on the fire about 15 miles west of Fort Collins. The lightning-caused blaze was reported June 9.

Cpl. Julie Berney of the Larimer County sheriff's office said early Sunday that the cost of the wildfire as of Saturday night was $10.8 million.


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