Mar 6, 2017

Wind-driven wildfire grows to 25,000 acres in northeast Colorado, forces school evacuations and threatens homes

Logan County, CO
USA
by
Tom McGhee and Kieran Nicholson
,
The Denver Post
Smoke billows behind wind turbines north of Fleming Monday afternoon. A wildfire burned out of control from the Crook and Proctor area south and east into Phillips County, fueled by dry conditions and strong winds. Photo: Jeff Rice, Sterling Journal-Advocate
Smoke billows behind wind turbines north of Fleming Monday afternoon. A wildfire burned out of control from the Crook and Proctor area south and east into Phillips County, fueled by dry conditions and strong winds. Photo: Jeff Rice, Sterling Journal-Advocate

High winds gusting to 60 mph drove a wildfire across more than 25,000 acres in northeastern Colorado on Monday, forcing the evacuation of three schools and threatening as many as 900 homes in rural Logan County.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation closed Interstate 76 near Crook in Logan County due to the fire.