Wild­fires scorch Utah, Colorado, Wy­oming

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Politifact - Colleen Slevin and Lind­say Whitehurst

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.

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