Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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NEW COLO. WILDFIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONS OF HOMES

EVERGREEN, Colo. -- A new wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver forced the evacuation of dozens of homes Wednesday as hot and windy conditions in the West made it easy for fires to start and spread.

The Lime Gulch Fire in Pike National Forest was small but devouring trees about 30 miles southwest of Denver in southern Jefferson County. More than 100 people were told to leave, but no structures appeared to be threatened, Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink said.

"The good news is, it's a very sparsely populated area as far as houses go," Sheriff Mink said.

He said the fire might have been sparked by lightning a day earlier, then quickly grew in high winds Wednesday. The U.S. Forest Service estimated it was burning on 500 acres.

The blaze came as up to 600 Arizona firefighters battled a wildfire in Prescott National Forest that has scorched nearly 8 square miles and was zero percent contained. It erupted Tuesday afternoon and led to the evacuation of 460 homes.

Smoke from another fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon was visible from Grand Canyon National Park. It had burned about 60 acres, and no structures were immediately threatened.

HOUSE PLANS FOOD STAMP CUTS

WASHINGTON -- The House was expected to vote today on cuts to government farm subsidies and food stamps as lawmakers move toward passage of a five-year, half trillion-dollar farm bill.

Republican leaders have said they want to finish voting on the bill today. Supporters have been working this week to shore up support for the measure as members of both parties have signaled opposition to the legislation's $2 billion annual cut in food stamps.

Many Republicans say the cut is not enough; the food stamp program has doubled in cost over the last five years to almost $80 billion a year and now helps to feed 1 in 7 Americans. …

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