Residents back in homes near Colorado wildfire |

Residents back in homes near Colorado wildfire

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Crews battling a Colorado wildfire west of Fort Collins could get some help from air tankers if weather continues to be on their side.

The fire has destroyed about 15 houses in a rugged, hilly area around 15 miles west of Fort Collins. Residents of more than 300 homes were evacuated but have now been allowed back. They’ve been warned to be ready to leave again.

Crews plan to continue building containment lines around the 4,500-acre fire on Monday, a day after cold and snowy weather slowed the fire’s spread.

Firefighters also battled two blazes in southeastern Colorado over the weekend.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported that a small wildfire destroyed at least one home in Baca County. Winds also helped spread a wildfire to about 500 acres in Otero County.

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