May 1, 2011 2:11 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Blanket of snow falls over Colo. wildfire

WETMORE, Colo. (AP) - About 4 inches of snow fell over a wildfire that had prompted the evacuation of about 40 homes and cabins near Wetmore.

Fire information officer Ralph Bellah says the snow is helping firefighters battle the blaze that burned about 550 acres of ponderosa pine, fir and oak brush. Many of the firefighters have been sent home, but about 40 firefighters remain at the scene mopping up hotspots.

Warmer weather with highs in the 60s that could increase the fire danger is expected to return Wednesday.

Bellah says the fire remains at 20 percent contained.

Fire officials say lightning sparked the fire on a 9,000-foot ridge near Wetmore, about 120 miles south of Denver.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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