March 27, 2012 by staff
Colorado Wildfires, The residents of about 900 homes have been evacuated and more are under threat Tuesday as a wind-driven wildfire scorched a mostly rural area in the mountains southwest of Denver.
The blaze, several miles and mountain ridges west of the city’s tightly populated southwestern suburbs, has destroyed 15 to 25 houses, authorities said.
A body was found late Monday but investigators have yet to determine the cause of death. The victim wasn’t a firefighter or emergency responder, said Jefferson County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.
The fire spread to nearly 5 square miles within a matter of hours, spurred by high wind gusts that prevented air crews from helping firefighters on Monday. Forecasters said gusts were expected to be lighter on Tuesday, though a period of stronger winds was expected in the afternoon.
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