Fire News: Weather Change Needed for Colorado Fire

06/24/2013
Crews defending small homes, a ski area and a handful of roads against an erratic wildfire in Colorado's southwest mountains hoped Monday for a break -- any break -- in the weather that will allow them to launch a more strategic assault on the backcountry fire. The West Fork Fire likely will burn for months, said incident commander Pete Blume. And crews are not expecting to make any real gains against the 117-square-mile burn until the summer monsoon season brings cooler temperatures and rains, hopefully in early July. "This is a significant fire with significant problems, and we are not going to see any significant containment until we have significant changes in the weather,"...

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