Colorado Fires

Jun 28, 2013 5:30 PM by Tony Spehar

Dry thunderstorms expected over SW Colo. fires

DEL NORTE, Colo. (AP) - More dry thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected at the collection of wildfires burning in southwestern Colorado.

Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are possible Friday at the West Fork fire complex. Wind gusts on Thursday helped the Papoose Fire near Creede grow in some beetle-killed spruce but firefighters did burn outs to protect homes.

State transportation officials say it's possible U.S. 160 over Wolf Creek Pass could reopen Saturday but evacuation orders would have to be lifted first, among other factors.

Even though the red flag warning is limited to the southwestern corner, dry conditions persist around the state. A thrown cigarette is believed to have sparked a fire near Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County Thursday. A single engine air tanker and firefighters stopped it at 1.5 acres.

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