Forecast storms may help in Western wildfires fight

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Firefighters battling huge wildfires up and down the Rocky Mountains are hoping for some help from nature.

Severe thunderstorms are forecast that could dump a large amount of much need rain from southwest Colorado to the plains of eastern Wyoming and Montana.

However, optimism is tempered by the possibility that the storm cells could be too small and weak, and may make matters worse with high winds and lightning strikes.

The weather is already helping those fighting Colorado's Waldo Canyon fire that destroyed nearly 350 homes and scorched 28 square miles. Light rains and cooler temperatures have officials hoping to have the blaze fully contained by Sunday.

Firefighters also reported progress on a 145-square-mile fire surrounding Laramie Peak about 100 miles northwest of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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