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Wind-whipped Utah wildfire forces 8,000 people from homes

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 8:24pm
Reuters

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A raging Utah brush fire ignited by target shooting in dry grass forced some 8,000 people from their homes in two small communities on Friday as high winds fanned flames toward a nearby explosives factory, authorities said.

Hundreds of miles to the east in Colorado, swirling winds and triple-degree heat also conspired to stir up a two-week-old blaze north of Denver, causing more property damage and forcing more evacuations a day after firefighters had gained ground.

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