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Wildfire in Colorado Forces Evacuations

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 2, 2012 Last Updated: December 3, 2012
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A firefighting helicopter drops water on a hotspot burning close to some homes near Horsetooth Reservoir in summer near Laporte, Colo. On saturday, a wildfire northwest of Denver, Colo., forced officials to evacuate hundreds of people. (Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

A firefighting helicopter drops water on a hotspot burning close to some homes near Horsetooth Reservoir in summer near Laporte, Colo. On saturday, a wildfire northwest of Denver, Colo., forced officials to evacuate hundreds of people. (Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

A wildfire northwest of Denver, Colo., forced officials to evacuate hundreds of people Saturday.

The fire, in Rocky Mountain National Park, was fueled by winds with gusts of more than 70 mph, reported Reuters.

There were no reports of injuries or damage, but officials called 1,100 cellular and home telephones to warn people to evacuate the area.

According to The Associated Press, the fire doubled in size recently to 3,500 acres. A spokeswoman with the National Park Service, Traci Weaver, said that the fire was started by an illegal campfire.

The fire was first reported in late October, but efforts to contain the fire have been hampered due to dry weather, steep and rugged terrain, and high winds, according to Reuters.

Weaver told the news agency that two air tankers from Southern California were sent to douse the fire. 

“What we really need is snow,” Weaver said.

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