High winds divert some flights headed to Denver
DENVER (AP) — High winds have diverted 23 flights that were scheduled to land at Denver International Airport.
Airport officials say winds up to 48 mph Thursday night diverted the flights to other airports, but the planes were returning to Denver once they refueled.
The airport averages about 1,700 flights per day.
The Denver Post reports that on Wednesday evening, as smoke from fires around the state reduced visibility, the airport closed two of four runways and briefly trimmed the number of arrivals and departures it was handling.
2 found dead in area burned by Colo. wildfire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A sheriff says remains of two people have been found in an area burned by a wildfire northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says one person who was reported missing Wednesday was found safe, but crews on Thursday found the remains of another person reported missing. About an hour later they found the remains of a second person.
The Black Forest Fire has destroyed at least 360 houses, and an estimated 40,000 people, including some in Colorado Springs, have been ordered to leave their homes.
The blaze is now the most destructive in Colorado history.
Deputies go door-to-door in Colo. wildfire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — More people are out of their homes after deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office went door-to-door overnight evacuating more people as danger from a wildfire increased dramatically.
The sheriff's office said Thursday that they also worked throughout the night compiling a list of homes destroyed or damaged by the fire, which spread quickly Tuesday, forcing thousands of people out of their homes.
Sheriff's officials said Thursday the fire has destroyed 360 homes. About 40,000 people have been told to leave their homes, including some now in Colorado Springs.
Firefighters contain Huerfano County wildfire
LA VETA, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire in rural Huerfano (WEHR'-fah-noh) County in southern Colorado is fully contained.
The fire about four miles west of La Veta (lah-VEE'-tuh) was fully contained Thursday. With better mapping, fire officials said it burned on 42 acres. No structures have been lost.
Firefighters will remain on patrol status for the next few days.
COLORADO WILDFIRES-ROYAL GORGE
Fire near Canon City 20 percent contained
CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — The 5-square-mile Royal Gorge Fire near Canon City is now just 20 percent contained.