Wildfires rage in southern Colorado and homes are threatened

May 30, 2011

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire burning in a sparsely populated area at the Colorado and New Mexico border has scorched about 3,500 acres.

Dawn Sanchez of the Forest Service says four homes in a rural area within a half mile of the blaze are under threat, but that no evacuations have been ordered Monday. She says the blaze so far has also burned 120 acres in New Mexico.

Sanchez confirmed the fire was caused by lightning in that state, where it was reported Thursday about 17 miles northeast of Raton, N.M.

Rita Baysinger of the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in Lakewood says at least 75 firefighters are on the scene, with at least 140 more expected to arrive by Tuesday.

Mary Nichols, president of the Hoehne Fire Protection District, said a second fire along U.S. Highway 160 and the Purgatoire River east of Trinidad near mile marker 361 also is burning. It is estimated at more than 200 acres.


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