Firefighters battle 2 new fires in Colorado


DENVER | Firefighters are working to contain two new wildfires in Colorado that prompted mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

A wildfire near the Red Feather Lake area in the mountains northwest of Fort Collins has burned nearly 400 acres (161.8 hectares) since it started late Sunday morning. Nearby residences were advised to voluntarily evacuate, and power was interrupted to hundreds of residents in the area.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department said about 30 percent of the fire was contained late Sunday. It’s believed the fire started from a burning vehicle.

Another fire broke out in Park County near the town of Bailey, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Denver.

The fire burned about 11 acres (4.4 hectares) but was close enough to some rural homes in the area to force evacuations.