Wildfires spread, de­stroy 8 homes

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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 U.S. 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.

Po­lice said the early in­ves­ti­ga­tion has ruled out nat­u­ral causes for the blaze that ig­nited near a creek that is fre­quently used as a walk­way in a largely blue-col­lar neigh­bor­hood.

Mean­while, Colorado’s largest fire has burned about 43 square miles over nearly two weeks. Res­i­dents re­mained out of more than 1,900 houses.

The blaze about 13 miles north of Du­rango is in the Four Cor­ners re­gion where Colorado, New Mex­ico, Ari­zona and Utah meet.

Mean­while, a wild­fire in Wy­oming’s Medicine Bow Na­tional For­est dou­bled in size over 24 hours, burn­ing about 8 square miles.

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