New Mexico, Colorado fires burn out of control

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(AP) – Firefighters battling an out-of-control northern Colorado blaze have dramatically increased the number of structures destroyed or damaged from 18 to at least 118.

The increased estimate Monday came after crews got a better estimate of blackened areas where subdivisions once stood. Firefighters said they couldn’t immediately say how many of the damaged structures were homes and how many were sheds, barns or other buildings.

The wildfire west of Fort Collins has nearly doubled to 58 square miles, forcing hundreds of evacuations and destroying at least 18 structures.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 400 people are now fighting the blaze.

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