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Colo. Fire Threatens Homes

A wildfire burns out of control at Horsetooth Reservoir east of Fort Collins, Colo., on Friday, March 15, 2013. The 40-acre wildfire burning in gusty winds and warm weather was threatening homes west of Fort Collins on Friday and prompted about 50 people to leave the area. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

A wildfire burns out of control at Horsetooth Reservoir east of Fort Collins, Colo., on Friday, March 15, 2013. The 40-acre wildfire burning in gusty winds and warm weather was threatening homes west of Fort Collins on Friday and prompted about 50 people to leave the area. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Fort Collins, Colo. — A wildfire driven by erratic winds charred up to 1,000 acres and threatened more than 50 homes in northern Colorado yesterday, prompting hundreds of evacuation orders.

Firefighters saved two homes and a state park visitors’ center from flames, authorities said. They said no homes had been destroyed.

The fire began yesterday west of Fort Collins and was burning west of Horsetooth Reservoir, near the scene of a large wildfire last summer that burned 259 homes and killed one person.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department said 860 phone lines got automated calls ordering evacuations Friday, but some addresses have multiple lines and other numbers were cellphones, so the exact number of homes in the evacuation area was not known.

Residents of a neighborhood north of the fire were allowed to go home Friday night. Authorities said 281 evacuation calls had been made to that area.

­— The Associated Press