PINE JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- Driven by wind and feeding on tinderbox conditions, a fire raged out of control in the pine-covered Colorado foothills early Tuesday after forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes.
Nearly 180 girls and employees at a Girl Scout camp were cleared out as a precaution and authorities ordered 300 to 400 people out of the area near Bailey, about 35 miles southwest of Denver. At least 10 houses had burned.
The Hi Meadow fire covered some 3,500 acres Tuesday. It exploded in just a few hours Monday as winds of more than 20 mph pushed flames from tree top to tree top, leaving many in the scattered mountain neighborhoods with little time to gather their belongings.
The flames drew within 50 yards of David Wortman as he and his wife loaded their horses into a trailer, hitched it to their pickup and fled with their dog. They could feel the heat inside the truck
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