Colorado’s largest wildfire has burned more than 200 homes

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A wildfire that has scorched more than 326 square miles (844 square kilometers) since it started in mid-August, becoming the largest in Colorado history, has damaged or destroyed more than 200 homes, officials said.

As of Monday, the Cameron Peak Fire in northern Colorado had destroyed 426 buildings and damaged another eight, said David Moore, a spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. The affected buildings include 209 homes, 208 outbuildings and 17 buildings that were designated as businesses as part of the Shambhala Mountain Center, a meditation retreat in the mountains northwest of Fort Collins.

The fire ignited in arid and rugged terrain near Rocky Mountain National Park on Aug. 13 and has charred some of the most pristine land in the state. Fire investigators have not said what caused the blaze, which is 64% contained.

Damage assessment crews were combing the area after snow

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Two firefighters badly burned as two wildfires in California’s Orange County prompt evacuation of 71,000 homes

LOS ANGELES – Two rapidly spreading wildfires prompted the evacuation of more than 71,000 homes in two cities in upscale sections of Southern California’s Orange County, fire officials said Monday.

1 to 2 feet of snow helped contain Colorado’s largest-ever wildfires, but it may not be enough



More than 500 firefighters turned out in force to battle the flames that quickly blackened more than 7,200 acres after breaking out in the Silverado Canyon area. As a precaution, residents in 70,000 homes were ordered evacuated, Fire Capt. Greg Barta said.

Two members of a fire hand crew were badly burned fighting the fires, the OCFA said. The two, ages 26 and 32, suffered second- and third-degree burns on at least half of their bodies.

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“They are gravely injured. Their families

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