Colorado fire forces evacuation of church camp |

Colorado fire forces evacuation of church camp

The Associated Press
Wildland fire crews work to contain a wildfire that broke out near Keystone Resort in Colorado Thursday, June 2, 2011. Approximately 20 acres had burned as nightfall set in, but no injuries or structural damage had been reported. Steve Lipsher for Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue said Friday the 20-acre fire did not grow overnight and more firefighters were headed to the scene. The wildfire started Thursday afternoon at a logging site at the mouth of Keystone Gulch west of the ski area and grew quickly as strong winds helped push the flames. (AP Photo/Summit Daily News, Mark Fox)
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WESTCLIFFE (AP) – A wildfire burning in southern Colorado that has forced the evacuation of a church camp has spread to about 1,000 acres.

Crews were attacking the fire near Westcliffe from the air on Monday. It broke out Sunday afternoon and spread quickly in dry conditions.

About 180 people were evacuated from the Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Custer County Sunday. Residents of about 50 homes in neighboring Fremont County have been urged to leave, but it’s not clear how many have decided to evacuate.

In southeastern Colorado, crews are close to containing three large wildfires that broke out last week, including two on Fort Carson’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver site.

Meanwhile, southbound Interstate 25 south of Trinidad is closed because of a wildfire burning in New Mexico near Raton Pass.

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