Apr 3, 2011 6:09 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Snow, shifting winds slow wildfire's growth

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Snow and shifting winds have slowed a wildfire in canyon country west of Fort Collins that scorched 2,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 335 homes overnight Sunday.

Larimer County sheriff's spokesman John Schulz says an air tanker dropped fire retardant near the fire Sunday morning before the snow moved in.

In addition to snow, about 200 firefighters on the scene were aided by a shift in the winds that sent the fire back into areas already burned by the fire. An evacuation center at Cache LaPoudre Elementary School has been closed, leaving Big Thompson Elementary School as the principal shelter. A community meeting is scheduled
at Big Thompson at 6 p.m.

There's no official word yet on damaged or destroyed homes.

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



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