A Colorado wildfire that forced hundreds of evacuations raged Saturday afternoon west of Fort Collins.
The blaze, which was started accidentally, has burned between 750 and 1,000 acres. It started Friday afternoon in a rural residential community near Lory State Park, where one of the largest wildfires in state history destroyed hundreds of homes last year.
The blaze erupted on a day of record high temperatures. Gusty winds on Friday pushed it from the north. The winds had calmed by Saturday morning but were expected to increase later in the day, fire officials said. No injuries were reported and no structures had been damaged.
The size and early-season appearance of the blaze in a state coping with drought set many Coloradans on edge. Last year, the state was ravaged by two of the most destructive wildfires in its history. They burned thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes.