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Apr 3, 2011 10:42 AM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Wildfire west of Fort Collins prompts evacuations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say strong winds have fueled a wildfire west of Fort Collins and forced about 40 residents to evacuate their homes.

The blaze has already destroyed an outbuilding, a motorcycle and an all-terrain vehicle, but no injuries have been reported.

Larimer County emergency officials say the wildfire had been burning about 25 acres in rugged terrain about 13 miles west of Horsetooth Reservoir. But 50 mph winds picked up and fueled the blaze.

Early Sunday, notifications went out for the about 40 residents in the Stringtown Gulch area of Buckhorn Canyon to evacuate.

Another fire has been reported near Peyton, northeast of Colorado Springs. The size wasn't immediately known, but the Colorado Springs Gazette reports some residents were advised to leave and that the fire is 75 percent contained

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