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Jun 16, 2012 3:09 PM by Matt Stafford

Additional crews arrive at large northern Colorado wildfire

BELLVUE, Colo. (AP) - Additional crews have arrived at a wildfire in northern Colorado, being called the High Park Fire, that has scorched about 85 square miles and damaged or destroyed at least 112 homes.

More than 1,500 personnel are working on the fire about 15 miles west of Fort Collins. The lightning-caused blaze was reported June 9 and was 20 percent contained Saturday morning.

Fire information officer Brett Haberstick says hot and dry weather is expected to continue, and firefighters are keeping an eye on possible thunderstorms that may bring lightning to the area.

Meanwhile, Nick Christensen with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office says crews have made progress in containing a 200-acre spot fire north of the Cache La Poudre River, a critical line of defense against northward growth.

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