Hoping to save a tourist town

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Associated Press

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 3:00 AM

DEL NORTE, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire fueled by wind and dead trees has brought dread to the 400 evacuated residents of a popular mountain tourist enclave in Colorado.

Fire crews with tankers and hoses at the ready stood guard in hopes of saving South Fork. The unpredictable fire is making that an uncertain prospect. Dozens of fire crews are positioned around neighborhoods, working to remove propane tanks and wood piles.

Authorities said the 47-square-mile fire was a few miles southwest of town last night.

Meantime, a third fire sparked to the West, raising concerns it would move toward the town of Creede, which has about 300 residents.

And to the east, in south-central Colorado, nine structures and four outbuildings have been lost in a wildfire that forced the evacuation of about two dozen residents and more than 170 Boy Scouts since Wednesday.

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