Colo. firefighters head to California fires |

Colo. firefighters head to California fires

FORT COLLINS ” Forty firefighters from Colorado are heading to California to help overwhelmed crews.

Sixteen firefighters are from the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, five from Rocky Mountain National Park, two from the Colorado State Forest Service, six from Larimer County, one from Boulder County and 10 from AmeriCorps.

The crews are heading to the Poomacha Fire in northeast San Diego County that has destroyed 50 homes, threatens about 2,000 more and has scorched 25,000 acres. It was zero percent contained late Wednesday.

Winds eased Wednesday, allowing firefighters to contain the three major fires in Los Angeles County by nightfall. None of the six major blazes in San Diego County was more than 15 percent contained, and those fires threatened more than 8,500 houses

The top priority was a fire in San Bernardino County that threatened 6,000 homes and continued to rage out of control.

Fires this week have destroyed about 1,500 homes and burned 682 square miles across five counties, from Ventura in the north all the way into Mexico. The state Office of Emergency Services said 28,000 homes were still threatened.

At one point, up to half a million people were evacuated.

A crew from the Avon-based Eagle River Fire Protection District in on standby, and may head to California if more help is needed.

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