Colorado wildfires 2008



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Description: The governor of Colorado declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after two early-season wildfires killed three firefighters and forced the evacuation of an entire town.

DENVER (Reuters) - The governor of Colorado declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after two early-season wildfires killed three firefighters and forced the evacuation of an entire town.

Two volunteer firefighters died when a wind-blown, 8,900-acre (3,600-hectare) blaze roared toward the town of Ordway in southeastern Colorado late on Tuesday, Colorado Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Polly White said.

"The coroner has confirmed to us that the victims were correctional officers" at a nearby prison, White said.

More than 1,000 residents of the farming community fled the town, about 130 miles southeast of Denver. White said eight residences were destroyed in Ordway and 16 houses were lost outside city limits.

Up to 50 outbuildings may also have burned, White said. Crews from 35 agencies were on the scene and hoped to have the fire under control by mid-afternoon.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter said he would survey the damage on Wednesday and designated $500,000 in emergency funds for firefighting and rebuilding. The state also will seek federal help including Small Business Administration loans for the ravaged area.

"We will be doing all we can to assist the people. as they try to bring this fire under control," Ritter said.

The pilot of an aircraft dropping fire retardant on a second wildfire near the Fort Carson Army base in southern Colorado died on Tuesday night when his plane crashed in dense smoke, El Paso County Sheriff's Office Cmdr. Jim Reid said.

The blaze has charred more than 9,600 acres (3,885 hectares) near the Army post, 100 miles south of Denver. No structure has been lost but 500 residents were evacuated, and the fire is only 10 percent contained, Reid said.

Cooler temperatures, calmer winds, rain and snow were expected on Wednesday and should help crews get the blaze under control, he said.






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