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Wetmore fire grows larger overnight

Wetmore, CO - The U.S. Forest Service says the Wetmore fire has grown to at least 1,742 acres.

Wetmore is out in the country, the town sits just southwest of Pueblo and is just about an hour away from Colorado Springs.

Residents from Wetmore, Greenwood and 4 miles into Pueblo County are displaced Wednesday morning as the fire continues to blaze at zero containment.

Authorities say 350-380 people have been affected and12 structures have been destroyed so far.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but fire investigators believe the flames sparked after a structure caught fire.

A fire briefing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire started around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, about two miles southwest of Wetmore.
 
Firefighters from 15 agencies including U.S. Forest Service crews have been working to protect houses and barns 

The population of Wetmore is around 341 people.

The location is a destination for hunters.

The city is well known for its large amount of deer and the beautiful hardscrabble creek that runs from the wet mountains.

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