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This image was captured on June 18, 2012, inside the lines of the High Park Fire. (credit: Colorado National Guard)

This image was captured on June 18, 2012, inside the lines of the High Park Fire. (credit: Colorado National Guard)

BELLVUE, Colo. (AP) — Crews battling wildfires in Colorado are getting a break from hot weather.

Temperatures are expected to be about 20 degrees lower Wednesday, which should help the fight against a 102-square-mile blaze in northern Colorado and a 1.7-square-mile wildfire near Lake George.

A fire that broke out Tuesday near Craig spread to about three square miles, forcing some evacuations in a subdivision. However, the Craig Daily Press reports that the evacuation has been lifted and firefighters plan to begin cleanup operations.

The northern Colorado fire is burning west of Fort Collins and is 55 percent contained. The fire has triggered hundreds of evacuations and destroyed at least 189 homes. A lightning strike started the fire June 9.

The fire near Lake George is 23 percent contained.

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