Grandmother Dies in Colorado Wildfire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Authorities say they have found the remains of a person reported missing in an area burned by a 64-square-mile fire in northern Colorado.

Poudre Fire Authority crews battle a wildfire in a mountainous area about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo., on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Firefighters on Sunday were fighting wildfires that have spread quickly in parched forests in Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary. The Colorado fire grew to 22 square miles within about a day of being reported and has destroyed or damaged 18 structures. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Authorities say they have found the remains of a person reported missing in an area burned by a 64-square-mile fire in northern Colorado.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith says 62-year-old Linda Steadman's home received two emergency notifications after the fire started this weekend, and a firefighter who tried to get to her home to warn her was chased out by flames.

Smith says Steadman's remains were found Monday. Her family has asked to grieve privately.

The fire also has damaged an estimated 118 structures west of Fort Collins and has prompted hundreds of evacuations. Firefighters haven't been determined how many were homes and how many were sheds or other structures.

The Larimer County sheriff's office said Tuesday that there is some containment but didn't release an exact figure.

The Colorado blaze and massive wildfires in drought-parched New Mexico have been testing the resources of state and federal crews.


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