Crews race to beat winds at Colorado wildfire |

Crews race to beat winds at Colorado wildfire

FORT COLLINS – A federal firefighting team is taking over management of a wildfire that has destroyed about 15 homes in northern Colorado.

Snow and cold weather have helped calm the 7-square-mile fire, about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, but high winds and warmer weather are forecast for Tuesday. A red-flag warning will be in effect, signaling high fire danger. Firefighters want to be ready to attack the blaze before conditions worsen.

Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a disaster declaration Monday to authorize $1.7 million in state aid to help cover firefighting costs.

Fire managers say crews have made progress with the help of helicopters dropping water on the blaze and planes identifying hot spots. The fire is 5 percent contained.

Residents of more than 300 homes were evacuated but were allowed back.

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