Apr 30, 2011 12:42 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Wildfire forces dozens of Colo. home evacuations

WETMORE, Colo. (AP) - Cooler, wetter weather is helping firefighters as they battle a blaze that has evacuated about 40 Colorado homes and cabins.

Fire officials say lightning sparked the fire Friday on a 9,000-foot ridge near Wetmore, about 120 miles south of Denver.

Strong wind gusts carried the flames. Fire officials say the blaze was burning on more than 500 acres of conifer and oak brush Saturday.

About 115 firefighters were at the scene with two helicopters, a single-engine air tanker and a heavy air tanker.

Firefighters were helped by cooler temperatures Saturday, and snow was forecast Saturday night.

The Wetmore Community Center has been opened to evacuees.
Information from: KOAA-TV, http://www.koaa.com

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