(DENVER) — The massive wildfire burning in Larimer County, Colo., has scorched more than 41,000 acres so far, destroying dozens of homes in its tracks and claiming at least one life.
In a statement Monday, the county’s sheriff said human remains were found in the ashes of a destroyed home in Bellvue. Although no positive identification has yet been made, officials believe the remains are those of 62-year old Linda Steadman, the home’s resident who had been reported missing days earlier.
The reported death comes as the wildfire doubled in size over the last 24 hours. And if Tuesday’s weather is any indication, the blaze is likely to continue growing.
Cooler weather helped firefighters on Monday, but Tuesday’s forecast calls for warm, dry and windy conditions. That could make it difficult for the 600 firefighters tackling the flames to get a handle on the fire, which is 0 percent contained.
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