High winds ground helicopters at Colo. wildfire | SummitDaily.com

High winds ground helicopters at Colo. wildfire

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Strong winds have grounded helicopters being used to fight a wildfire in northern Colorado that’s destroyed about 15 homes.

Fire managers stopped using two helicopters to drop water on the 3,200-acre fire Tuesday afternoon because of the winds in the foothills west of Fort Collins. Another helicopter doing reconnaissance was also grounded.

Winds have been gusting up to about 35 mph in the area.

Residents have been warned to prepare to leave should the fire spread but no new evacuations have been ordered.

Warm, windy weather has raised the fire danger in the Front Range foothills, northeastern plains as well as southern Colorado. Red flag warnings are in effect in those areas through Tuesday night.

Larimer County, where the wildfire is burning, has enacted a ban on open fires and fireworks.

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