Wind fuels wildfire in northeast Colorado |

Wind fuels wildfire in northeast Colorado

A wildfire in northeastern Colorado driven by strong winds has destroyed one building and has shut down a stretch of Interstate 76.

It’s not clear how big the fire in rural eastern Logan County is. The county emergency management spokeswoman, Marilee Johnson, said people have been warned to be ready to evacuate if it spreads toward them.

Two schools in the area sent students home early as a precaution. Emergency reports said the town of Haxtun was being evacuated.

A 16-mile stretch of I-76 between Iliff and Crook has been shut down between because of poor visibility from smoke and dust.

The Colorado State Patrol says brownouts were also causing visibility problems elsewhere on the plains.

The powerful winds from a cold front also delayed some flights at Denver International Airport. Frontier Airlines canceled a handful of flights Monday because of the winds, which have been gusting up to 60 mph, in the eastern half of the state.

The system is also bringing snow to parts of the mountains. Vail Pass was temporarily shut down because of accidents in the morning.

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