Jun 15, 2011 1:32 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Southern Colo. Duckett fire still has potential to grow

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a wildfire burning in the southern Colorado mountains still has the potential to grow.

The fire near Westcliffe was listed at 2,300 acres Wednesday, a day after low humidity helped the fire make a significant run to the south. Crews were able to put in bulldozer lines around the north side of the fire.

Fire managers say more dry, windy weather is expected over the next few days.

Tuesday's run prompted the evacuation of homes along one road. Residents of 50 homes in Fremont County were previously told to evacuate and residents of another 50 houses in Custer County have been put on standby.

The fire started in the San Isabel National Forest on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of 180 people from a church camp. The cause isn't known.



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