High winds fan 3 large fires in southeast Colorado
PUEBLO – Gusts estimated at up to 50 mph fanned three large wildfires Saturday in southeast Colorado, with one fire destroying three empty mobile homes and a semitrailer, authorities said.No injuries were reported.While southwest Colorado was covered in rain and snow, conditions were dry and windy in the southeast.A grass fire near Hasty burned “several hundred acres” and three empty trailer homes, Bent County Sheriff Gerry Oyen said. The fire was believed to have been sparked either by a trash fire or ashes from an old fire.”With the high winds, it was out of control in no time,” Oyen said.A semitrailer driver on U.S. 50 had trouble seeing because of smoke from the fire and ran off the road, Oyen said. The truck was engulfed in flames as the fire jumped across the highway, but the driver escaped and was not hurt, the sheriff said.Two other semi-trailers also ran off the road, Oyen said. Some power lines also burned, he said. No injuries were reported.The fire was fully contained Saturday evening, although firefighters were watching hot spots.In Pueblo West, a controlled burn of debris grew out of control and burned 164 acres before it was contained, Pueblo County sheriff’s officials said.A fire ban was in place at the time. The person suspected of starting the fire did not call for a burn permit and will be cited for fourth-degree arson, sheriff’s officials said. One structure burned, but no structures were damaged.KKTV-TV in Colorado Springs reported that another fire believed to have been started by a cigarette burned close to 500 acres near Ordway.
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