CO Fire Most Destructive In State History

Authorities concerned over looting

Colorado wildfire

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On Saturday, officials said the High Park wildfire in northern Colorado had become the most destructive in the state's history, burning at least 181 homes over 25 square miles west of Fort Collins. The Fourmile Canyon fire in 2010 burned 169 homes. More than 1,600 firefighters now combat the 55,000-acre High Park blaze and have struggled to contain 45 percent of the burn amid 50 mph winds and 90-degree days. "When you have a fire like this, even if it rains it evaporates before it hits the ground," Julie Berney of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, said. Local authorities are concerned about looting after deputies arrested a man on Sunday who posed as a fireman with stolen government plates while stealing from homes in restricted areas.

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