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Massive wildfire headed toward Colorado mountain town

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:42 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2013


SOUTH FORK, Colo. » A massive wildfire is headed toward a Colorado mountain town, and fire managers say the chances of saving it are slim.

The tourist town of South Fork was evacuated this morning as the 47-square-mile acre West Fork Fire moved closer. Wildland firefighters were teaming up with local firefighters to try to save the town, which is surrounded by forest.

Fire spokesman Penny Bertram says officials rate the chances of saving the town of about 400 full-time residents as "low to moderate."

Bertram says the hot, dry and windy weather along with large stands of beetle-killed trees are causing extreme fire behavior. While most fires actively burn four hours a day, this one is burning for 12.

The fictional Griswold family camped in South Fork in 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation."







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allie wrote:
sad..arsonists at work
on June 21,2013 | 07:54AM
Secdept1 wrote:
Sorry, this fire was started by lightning combined with drought over the past several years and a beetle infestation that left trees dead but still standing. http://www.alamosanews.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&page=72&story_id=30268 Arson is not suspected. Nor is it mentioned in this story.
on June 21,2013 | 10:02AM
phyllum69 wrote:
And you know this because...?
on June 21,2013 | 10:17AM
Secdept1 wrote:
Click the link...
on June 21,2013 | 02:00PM
Secdept1 wrote:
Sorry here's the link to the story: Alamosa News West Fork Fire.
on June 21,2013 | 10:12AM
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