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Massive Wildfire In Colorado Continues, One Woman Confirmed Dead
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12 Jun 2012 11:24 AM EST

-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Wildfire in Colorado (Image Source: CS Monitor)

A devastating and fast-moving wildfire in northern Colorado is still raging, as the blaze that began Saturday continues to burn dozens of structures and destroy property at a rapid rate of close to half-a-mile of forest per hour.

Additionally, officials can now confirm that the Hyde Park fire, which was most likely started by a single strike of lightning, has claimed the life of a 62-year-old woman.

Linda Steadman, described as a wife, mother and grandmother, was killed in her home when a rescue effort failed to pull her from a blaze, with a sheriff’s deputy and a firefighter unable to enter the house.

Amazingly, the fire is still being described as 0 percent contained as it continues to decimate what is going on 41,000 acres, with more that 120 structures burned.

“So, even though that fuel looks green, normally it wouldn’t burn at this time of year,” says Fire Management Officer Bill Hahnenberg said of the arid conditions contributing to the disaster. “It’s burning very well, and that’s why we’re getting this aggressive and active fire behavior that we are.”

Currently, there are about 400 firefighters working to extinguish the rapidly moving fire.

“So far, the focus has been on life, safety, and structure protection,” Nick Christensen, of the local Larimer County Sheriff’s Office explained. “A different team, a recovery team, will go in and start determining what the damage was, where these homes exactly are, who they’re owned by, and work directly with those residents.”

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