new wildfire broke out near Colorado Springs over the weekend, making it eight active fires feeding the state's worst wildfire season in a decade. The two-week-old High Park Fire near Fort Collins has so far destroyed 248 homes — a state record — and is the second-biggest and among the most expensive fires in Colorado history; it was only 45 percent contained as of Sunday. The fires have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents and closed several popular tourist destinations, including Rocky Mountain National Park and Pikes Peak. Half the nation's firefighting fleet is battling the Colorado fires, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said Sunday. Hot temperatures and dry conditions are hindering efforts. "Hopefully Mother Nature will start to cooperate at some point," Larmier County official Nick Christensen tells The Denver Post.
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