Wildfires scorch Utah, Colorado, Wyoming
DENVER – A fastmoving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken West on Wednesday.
The blaze in Moab, known for its dramatic red rocks, started in a wooded area Tuesday night and quickly spread to homes over less than a square mile, Police Chief Jim Winder said.
In Colorado’s mountains, residents have evacuated more than 1,300 houses – condos, apartments and homes – in an area known for its ski resorts.
A wildfire in Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest doubled in size over 24 hours, burning about 8 square miles. Nearly 400 seasonal and permanent homes have been evacuated near the Colorado border.