Vicious Wildfires Rage Across Colorado, Other States

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In the West, hot, dry, and windy conditions continue to fuel wildfires raging across parts of 10 states, forcing evacuations for thousands.

In Colorado, the Waldo Canyon fire is a top concern. The fire is smaller than some of the other fires in that state, but firefighters say its aggressive behavior makes it much more devastating.

The Waldo Canyon fire starting burning only days ago, and already it's charred more than 2,000 acres across Colorado Springs and El Paso county, forcing 11,000 people to evacuate.

"The situation is so volatile...and what's so concerning about the Waldo Canyon fire here is the number of homes that we see being at risk," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said.

So far, no part of the Waldo Canyon fire is contained. Fire officials call it the greatest threat the county has faced in decades.
A statewide ban on open campfires and private fireworks has been in place for more than a week.

Elsewhere, firefighters are also battling wildfires in Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
- In Utah, a 15-square-mile blaze in Sanpete County forced about 1,000 people to flee.
- In Montana, two wildfires were burning in the southwest part of the state, including the fast-moving Antelope Fire. About 100 firefighters were battling that blaze.
- In Arizona, the U.S. Forest Service said Sunday that containment against the Pecos Fire is up to 50 percent and remains under 12,000 acres.

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