Colorado wildfire destroys 3 homes as flames menace US West

  • Seven-year-old Eduardo Herrera, center, joins his brother 2-year-old Daniel, left, and 8-year-old Odwar Portillo in the box of a pickup truck after the boys and their families were evacuated from their mobile homes from a wildfire as it burns near El Jebel, Colo., Thursday, July 5, 2018. Dozens of wildfires are burning across the Western U.S. (Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times via AP)

  • A fire crew from North Lake Tahoe walk across a burned hillside along Highway 128 in Solano County north of Winters, Calif., Thursday, July 5, 2018. Nearly 3,500 firefighters from around Northern California are battling the blaze both on the ground and in the air. The fire began last Saturday in Guinda has burned 86,000 acres and is 30 percent contained according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. (Joel Rosenbaum/The Vacaville Reporter via AP)

  • A helicopter flies toward a wildfire Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Basalt, Colo. Dozens of wildfires are burning across the Western U.S. (Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times via AP)

DENVER — An erratic wildfire charging through extremely dry land in the heart of Colorado ski country destroyed three homes and forced people to flee in the middle of the night, authorities said Thursday.

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