Colo. wildfire burns 14,000 acres, 18 structures |

Colo. wildfire burns 14,000 acres, 18 structures

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in northern Colorado say Mother Nature is running a wildfire that has grown to 14,000 acres in a day.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated because of the fire, which has been spreading erratically in dry fuels and windy conditions. It’s spread downhill in some areas, which is unusual, and jumped and skipped in some places, leaving unburned areas within the fire zone.

It sent up heavy smoke and created an eerie, orange dusk in the middle of the day on Sunday.

Evacuation notices have been sent to nearly 1,800 telephone number and the Red Cross said about 500 people have registered with shelters.

Eighteen structures have been damaged or destroyed in the fire, 15 miles west of Fort Collins. Authorities suspect it was started by lightning.

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