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Hundreds under threat of wind-driven Colo. fire

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Fire managers are looking forward to more help today but still aren't optimistic about conditions improving in the battle against a fire in the mountains west of Denver.
About 100 homes remain under evacuation orders and hundreds more are on standby as strong winds helped spread a wildfire scorching more than a square mile of drought-stricken brush, trees and grasses.
The fire has already blackened about 850 acres west of Golden, in Jefferson County, and officials said it was 15 percent contained.
Gusts up to 40 mph fanned flames up and down the steep, rugged mountainsides in the suburb about 15 miles from downtown Denver. Roughly 700 households were told to be ready to leave.

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