Windswept wildfire damages at least 14 Colo. homes, prompts evacs

 Thursday, October 25, 2012


A wildfire that forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in and around a small southern Colorado town has damaged at least 14 homes, authorities said Wednesday. The 3-1/4-square-mile fire was burning near Wetmore, an unincorporated town in Custer County about 100 miles south of Denver. About 380 people were evacuated after the fire broke out Tuesday and quickly grew in winds gusting up to 79 mph. That count could go up after a survey of the damage near Wetmore, CBS Denver station KCNC quotes fire spokesman Ralph Bellah as saying. he fire continued to spread through the night, forcing authorities to go door-to-door to evacuate seven more homes in neighboring Pueblo County.