By Kristen Wyatt
DENVER (AP) — Sections of Colorado celebrated the 4th of July without fireworks, with some communities banning the light displays to guard against the further spread of wildfire across the area.
Although rain cooled Colorado’s wildfires Wednesday, more than a dozen fires elsewhere in the West burned through bone-dry timber and brush.
Wildfires in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado continued to send haze and smoke across Colorado’s Front Range, prompting air-quality health advisories as firefighters warned of growing fires in sparsely populated areas.
In Colorado Springs, light rains that fell early Wednesday to help calm the Waldo Canyon Fire, which has scorched 28 square miles, killed two, and destroyed almost 350 homes. Firefighters predicted full containment of that fire for Friday, with more rain, lower temperatures, and higher humidity predicted through the weekend.
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