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New fires erupt in Rocky Mountain National Park, outside of Colorado Springs

The Associated Press
A slurry bomber drops fire retardant on a blaze near Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday, June 23, 2012. The fire started Saturday and has grown to an estimated 600 acres. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock)
AP | The Gazette

DENVER (AP) – Hot, dry weather and gusty winds are fueling two new wildfires in Colorado, prompting evacuations in some of the most scenic tourist areas in the state.

A wildfire reported west of Colorado Springs on Saturday afternoon has grown to an estimated 600 acres. The Gazette (http://bit.ly/KF9D1r ) reports authorities are evacuating the exclusive Cedar Heights neighborhood, and a large plume of smoke can be seen near the Garden of the Gods nature center, which also was evacuated.

Meanwhile, Rocky Mountain National Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says a fire involving structures erupted near the Beaver Meadows Entrance on the east side of the park Saturday afternoon.



Ron Roth, a spokesman for the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center, says some evacuations are taking place and several aircraft are working the blaze.


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