Western firefighters hoping for calmer weather

11:51 PM, Jul 4, 2012   |    comments
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DENVER - Firefighters battling wildfires in the West were hoping a holiday of calmer winds and higher humidity would help efforts against scores of fires burning across the region.

At the same time, authorities were keeping a nervous eye out for fireworks and other hazards. A wildfire in Wyoming grew to 137 square miles Wednesday in Medicine Bow National Forest. The fire was only 25 percent contained.

Firefighters in Colorado Springs, Colo., were hoping to push toward full containment of the most destructive blaze in state history, the Waldo Canyon Fire. It was 80 percent contained Wednesday.

The forecast wasn't as kind in Montana, where a 380-square-mile fire near the town of Lame Creek was listed with "extreme" growth potential on Wednesday, with winds up to 45 mph predicted.

KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press

The Associated Press

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