Reinforcements Called In To Help Fight Wildfires Near Denver - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Reinforcements Called In To Help Fight Wildfires Near Denver

CONIFER, Colo. (AP) - Crews are hoping that newly arrived reinforcements will help in the fight against a wildfire that has destroyed dozens of homes in the mountains southwest of Denver and may have claimed two lives.

Crews from Utah, Arizona, and South Dakota are now assisting in the effort to control the massive blaze, according to KMGH-TV in Denver.      

In all, about 400 firefighters are at the 7-square-mile fire Wednesday, focusing on building containment lines around the perimeter.

A search team also is using dogs to look for a woman missing in the fire zone. Her home was among 28 destroyed or damaged in the blaze, which started Monday.

Authorities believe it was likely sparked by a controlled burn set last week to clear vegetation in the hopes of preventing a wildfire.

 

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