Heartstrong Fire destroys 2 homes, injures firefighters

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YUMA COUNTY, Colo. – Three firefighters were injured while battling a large wildfire in eastern Colorado Sunday.

Two of the firefighters remain in the hospital Monday morning, with more serious injuries than previously reported.

At least two homes were destroyed, but officials are still assessing overnight damage.

The “Heartstrong Fire,”  burned approximately 224 square miles, according to Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day. Strong winds, with gusts exceeding 60 mph, are blamed for the fire’s rapid growth.

Residents of the town of Eckley were evacuated order for hours as crews fought the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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