Wildfires across Utah threaten tourist visits

By Thomas Peipert

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, June 26 2012 12:35 a.m. MDT

Ken and Dottie Wanberg inspect a map as they try to gather news of their second home, which is located inside an evacuated area in the Glacier View subdivision, on Sunday, June 24, 2012, outside The Forks in Livermore, Colo. With eight wildfires burning, including a fire that has scorched more than 118 square miles and destroyed at least 191 homes near Fort Collins, Colorado is having its worst wildfire season in a decade. (AP Photo/The Coloradoan, Dawn Madura) NO SALES

Associated Press

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — Brutal wildfires across the West have put tourist destinations from Montana to New Mexico in danger just at the height of midsummer family road-trip season.

In Colorado, the $5 billion tourism industry is on edge as images of smoke-choked Pikes Peak and flaming vacation cabins near Rocky Mountain National Park threaten to scare away summer tourists.

But even as firefighters made progress on fires threatening structures from Utah to Montana, and some evacuated residents in Colorado were allowed to return home, tourists streamed out of some of Colorado's most popular summer sights.

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