High Park Fire Burns 59,000 Acres

Colorado’s High Park fire spread to 58,770 acres late Monday night, but officials expressed optimism as winds calmed down. Residents breathed a sigh of relief as the predicted high temperatures and gusty winds never showed up, and the fire remained at 50 percent contained. The fire has claimed 189 residences since lightning sparked the blaze 10 days ago. Hundreds have been evacuated from their homes, mainly in the Fort Collins area, and officials said this is the second-largest wildfire in Colorado’s history.