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Bone-dry conditions and scorching temperatures hampered firefighters Thursday as they battled two wildfires in Colorado - one that has burned structures in the southern part of the state and another that has forced evacuations near Rocky Mountain National Park.
About 350 homes have been evacuated east of Fort Garland in southern Colorado since a wildfire erupted there Wednesday. The blaze has blackened about 6 square miles (15 square kilometers) and has destroyed some structures, but fire managers are not sure how many.
Many of the evacuations were ordered in Forbes Park, a housing development started by multimillionaire Malcolm Forbes in the 1970s and which is now owned by its homeowners' association.
Firefighters have not been able to dig any containment lines around the blaze, which is burning in a heavily forested area.