More evacuations could come as fires burn in 2 states

LAPORTE, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of evacuees are waiting for word of progress against wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico.

The flames have been spreading rapidly through mountainous forest land. The one in Colorado, burning about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, grew to more than 31 square miles within about a day after being reported. It has destroyed or damaged 18 structures. Smoke has drifted as far away as central Nebraska, western Kansas and Texas.

In southern New Mexico, near the mountain community of Ruidoso, crews are working to build a fire line around a blaze that has damaged or destroyed 36 structures since it began Friday.

More evacuations could be coming. A spokeswoman for the New Mexico fire crews says smoke is having an impact on the community of Capitan, about 5 miles to the northeast.

Colorado authorities sent nearly 1,800 evacuation notices to phone numbers, but it's not clear how many residents had to leave. A sheriff says there's an unconfirmed report of a person unaccounted for.

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179-a-13-(Janice Mount, spokeswoman, American Red Cross, with reporters)-"at our facilities"-American Red Cross spokeswoman Janice Mount says many residents who've been evacuated because of the spreading wildfire are anxious about their homes. (10 Jun 2012)

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133-a-10-(Dan Brien, Loveland resident, in AP interview)-"has changed directions"-Dan Brien says he has decided to stay in his home, at least for now, as a big wildfire burns about a mile away. (10 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO CODEN502: A wildfire burns 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 (10 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO CODEN501: 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 (10 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO CODEN504: Crystal Foust watches from County Road 56 as a helicopter flies over a wildfire burning 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, AAron Ontiveroz) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT (10 Jun 2012)

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