Jun 20, 2012 12:38 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Colo. firefighters get break from hot weather

BELLVUE, Colo. (AP) - Crews battling wildfires in Colorado are getting a break from hot weather.

After three straight days of red flag warnings, temperatures are expected to be about 20 degrees lower Wednesday.

The commander at the fire west of Fort Collins, Bill Hahnenberg, says firefighters have been patient and trying to hold their ground against the fire burning on more than 100 square miles over the last three days. But he said now they'll be more aggressive in fighting before temperatures rise again on Friday.

Conditions are also better at fire burning on nearly 2 square miles near Lake George. It's 23 percent contained.

A fire that broke out Tuesday near Craig spread to about three square miles, forcing some evacuations in a subdivision. However, the Craig Daily Press reports that the evacuation has been lifted.


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