Wednesday, April 16, 2008

3 die in Colorado wildfires; storm could aid firefighters

ORDWAY, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters hoped rain and snow Wednesday would help them stop wildfires that blazed through thousands of acres of grass, forced hundreds of residents to evacuate and left three people dead.
Wind gusted up to 50 mph along the Rocky Mountain Front Range and eastern plains on Tuesday, fanning flames that quickly spread across 7,100 acres — or 11 square miles — of grassland near Ordway. Authorities told all 1,200 residents of the town to leave.
On Wednesday morning, wind was blowing at less than 10 mph at Pueblo, about 50 miles west of Ordway, the National Weather Service said.

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