Southern Colo. fire burning on 1,800 acres

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Posted: Jun 13, 2011 10:50 PM
Southern Colo. fire burning on 1,800 acres

Fire crews are attacking a wildfire burning on about 1,800 acres in southern Colorado in dry, windy conditions.

Gusts of up to 45 mph and dry weather Monday helped drive the fire northwest of Westcliffe in the San Isabel National Forest.

The fire broke out Sunday and forced 180 people from a church camp. Residents of about 50 homes have been asked to evacuate but it wasn't clear Monday how many had decided to leave.

Forest Service spokeswoman Barbara Timock says 40 structures _ not all houses _ are immediately threatened by the fire. An additional 200 structures are within two miles.

On Colorado's southeastern plains, crews are close to containing three large wildfires that broke out last week.

Hot, windy weather is expected to continue much of the week.