Apr 4, 2011 3:03 PM by Greg Boyce

Colder weather helps fire fighters near Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Crews fighting a Colorado wildfire from land and air are trying to get control of a blaze that has destroyed about 15 homes.

Helicopters on Monday dropped water on the fire around 15 miles west of Fort Collins. Two planes were also being used to help to identify hot spots. The weather is forecast to grow windier and warmer, with gusts of up to around 40 mph. Snow and cold weather on Sunday helped calm the 7-square-mile fire in a rugged, hilly area. However, fire managers say there are still hot spots that winds could spread. The fire is about 5 percent contained. Crews are building
containment lines and checking to make sure the fire doesn't spread beyond.

Residents of more than 300 homes were evacuated but were allowed back.


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