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Rising winds prompt more evacuations at High Parks fire

The Associated Press
Smoke of High Park Fire cover Cache La Poudre Canyon in Larimer County, Colo, Thursday, June 22. Officials at the High Park Fire in Larimer County are evacuating residents from Hewlett Gulch Road, Deer Meadow Way and Gordon Creek Lane, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office reported about 2 p.m. Friday. Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

BELLVUE, Colo. (AP) – More residents are being evacuated by a wildfire burning on more than 100 square miles in northern Colorado as winds pick up.

The wind has caused several spot fires Friday, and authorities have sent out 733 new evacuation notices.

Some of those residents were evacuated after the fire flared up on Sunday and had only returned home Wednesday.

Firefighters have been watching for spot fires because of the return of hot, dry, windy conditions at the fire, which is 60 percent contained.

Meanwhile, a 1,150-acre wildfire burning near Lake George is 57 percent contained.

In western Colorado, a fire burning for more than a month near Pagosa Springs has grown by about 1,300 acres in the last 24 hours, sending out a column of smoke. Two ranches have been evacuated.

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