Denver Fires Force Evacuation

Lime Gulch Fire creeps closer

Jun 20, 2013
Outside Magazine

Dozens of Denver, Colorado, homes were evacuated Wednesday as wildfires to the southwest of the city crept closer. The Lime Gulch Fire, which started in Pike National Forest, is estimated to be roughly 500 acres in size, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

"The good news is, it's a very sparsely populated area as far as houses go," County Sherrif Ted Mink told the Associated Press.

So far over 100 people have left their homes, with no injuries. “I grabbed a laundry basket and just threw stuff in it,” said evacuee Karalyn Pytel. “I don't even know what clothes they are."

According to Mink, the fire may have been sparked by a lightning strike late Tuesday, before high winds whipped it into an inferno on Wednesday. The U.S. Air Force Reserve has dispatched two C-130s to help combat the blaze.

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