Crews work to save Colo. town as wildfire grows

Associated Press
Wildfire smoke masks the sun as it sets over a ridge Saturday, June 22, 2013, near South Fork, Colo. A massive wildfire threatening a tourist region in southwestern Colorado has grown to nearly 60 square miles, but officials said Saturday that the erratic blaze had slowed and they were optimistic they could protect the town of South Fork. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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DEL NORTE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a colossal wildfire near a popular summer retreat in southern Colorado continues to be driven by winds and fueled by dead trees in a drought-stricken area.

The conditions have prevented fire crews from making containment lines around the blaze, which grew overnight to 108 square miles, up from 100 on Saturday.

No structures have been lost in the fire, and no injuries have been reported.

Officials say the fire burning near South Fork is the largest the region has seen. They say it is doubtful fire crews could establish any containment lines until there's a break in the weather, possibly Tuesday.

Officials remain optimistic they can protect the town, however.

The blaze's rapid advance Friday prompted the evacuation of hundreds of visitors and the town's 400 permanent residents.

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