Fierce winds fan Rockies wildfires

Gusts of 70 mph complicates efforts to quell fires in Wyoming and Colorado.

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National News

October 19, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Wellington firefighters assist on the Cameron Peak fire in Colorado. The fire caused a closure in Rocky Mountain National Park Tuesday, August 18, 2020, according to a news release from park officials. Cameron Peak fire flames continue to spread eastward, forcing new evacuation orders. (Courtesy Wellington Fire Protection District/TNS)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Strong winds fanned two Rocky Mountain wildfires last week, prompting new evacuation orders as one spread toward communities outside Rocky Mountain National Park.

Cool autumn weather had been helping firefighters in their efforts to quell the Mullen Fire in southeastern Wyoming and northern Colorado, and the Cameron Peak Fire in northern Colorado. But gusts of 70 mph have complicated their efforts.

Forecasters expected dry air and strong wind to pose a challenge for firefighters into the weekend.

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