Mar 24, 2011 5:09 PM by Greg Boyce

Helicopter dropping water on Franktown fire

FRANKTOWN, Colo. (AP) - Another wildfire has broken out in eastern Colorado and is threatening homes about 35 miles southeast of Denver.

Authorities say they've ordered evacuations for homes within a four-mile radius of the fire near Franktown. They say the fire started early Thursday  afternoon in a wooded area.  Smoke from the fire is visible from south Denver suburbs and a helicopter is dropping water on the blaze.  A Red Cross  evacuation point has been set up at the Douglas County fairgrounds. Several agencies are fighting the fire.

More than 8,500 homes are under evacuation orders. The Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock is set up as an evacuation point.


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