Fire Blazes in the West

An early start to fire season as hundreds are warned to flee a Colorado wild fire.
1:25 | 03/16/13

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In the west, fire fighters are battling their first giant wildfire of the season, four weeks before fire normally arrives. Hundreds of neighbors have been sent alerts, it's burning up to 1,000 acres, and the conditions are so ripe so early this year. Here's abc news clayton sandell. Reporter: Fire fighters are desperately trying to control the blaze before high winds kick in, potentially supercharging the flames. There is still a lot of fire on the ground. As you can see, the whole west side of the fire is open. It's burning up slope. Reporter: It started so early in the season, much of the nation's fire fighting forces are not ready. There's not a lot of resources available. The resources that are available come a distance. Reporter: There is progress, hundreds of people forced to evacuate will be able to go home. No injuries. Reporter: It's deja vu. Last march this fire sent families scrambling for their lives, and in june, another massive blaze swept through the area burning now. One killed, 250 homes destroyed. This is not unusual for colorado. Reporter: Heading towards summer, fire dangers will be highest in parts of california, the southwest and florida. Fire fighters hope they'll have more time to get ready. Clayton sandell, abc news, los angeles.

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