Posted: Jun 18, 2012 3:01 PM by Associated Press
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a wildfire that's known to have destroyed at least 181 homes in Colorado may have claimed three more.
The fire near Fort Collins has charred nearly 91 square miles. Fire crews continue to cut and dig lines around the flames, but containment has remained at 45 percent since Saturday. They've been battling hot weather and gusty winds along with the flames.
As firefighters try to get the upper hand on the blaze, local authorities have dispatched roving patrols to combat looting. A Denver man was arrested yesterday on charges including theft and impersonating a firefighter. The sheriff's department says he was driving through the fire zone with phony firefighter credentials and a stolen government license plate, and stolen property was later found in his truck.
Because of the fire danger, Rocky Mountain National Park is banning all campfires and charcoal grilling.
Authorities are also enforcing a ban on using fireworks in the state.
Wildfires are also burning in several other states, including Wyoming, where a grass fire has destroyed four homes outside Casper.
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