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Wildfires in northeastern Colorado plains force town to evacuate; at least 2 homes destroyed
WRAY, Colo. (AP) ' Authorities say a wind-fueled wildfire on the plains of northeastern Colorado has destroyed at least two homes and forced all 300 residents of a rural town to evacuate.
The blaze started at about 1:15 p.m. Sunday south of Yuma before spreading toward Eckley, prompting evacuation orders for the town.
More than a dozen area fire departments are working to extinguish the fire, which sent up a large wall of smoke and forced authorities to close a section of U.S. Highway 34 east of Yuma.
Mike McCaleb, emergency manager in neighboring Washington County, estimates the fire is about 10 miles long and about a mile and a half wide. Firefighters are battling low visibility and gusty winds.
Three firefighters have suffered minor injuries battling the blaze. Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day says one has minor burns to his face, another suffered smoke inhalation, and a third has burns on his arms.
Information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.com