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March 16, 2013

Colorado fire burns in erratic winds, threatens homes

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. —

2 Lawmakers Want Colorado To Have Its Own Wildfire-Fighting Planes

“No,” he said. “Not even with the fire.”

The fire came as much of the state dealt with drought conditions after a relatively dry winter. The snowpack in the mountains was low, leaving farmers wondering how many crops to plant and raising the possibility of lawn-watering restrictions along the Front Range.

Colorado’s wildfire season also started in March last year.

“This is a really bad start,” said Angela Dietrich, whose home was not in the fire’s immediate path but was shrouded by smoke.

Firefighters controlled a second, smaller fire nearby earlier Friday.

 

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