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LOS ANGELES: Wildfires raged on Sunday in the western US state of Colorado, leaving thousands of acres of land destroyed, one person missing and forcing hundreds of evacuations in the Denver area, officials said.
The fire, dubbed the High Park Fire, broke out early Saturday near Fort Collins, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Denver. On Sunday, it had so far ravaged more than 14,000 acres (5,600 hectares) of land.
One person was listed as missing, according to the sheriff’s office in Colorado’s Larimer county.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office, Nick Christensen, said 18 homes had been destroyed or damaged by the flames.
About 250 firefighters battled the flames on Sunday, but authorities said they feared winds in the afternoon could hinder their efforts. Several emergency shelters have been opened for evacuees.
The cause of the blaze remains unknown and an investigation has been opened, the sheriff’s office said. -- AFP