Residents watch fire spread close to their homes in Colorado
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Huge wildfires hit Colorado and New Mexico

13 June 2012 Last updated at 06:44 BST

Hundreds of firefighters have joined efforts to tackle wildfires in the US states of Colorado and New Mexico.

The Colorado blaze shrouded the state capital, Denver, some 60 miles (100km) away in smoke on Tuesday.

A woman has died in the blaze, which has burned about 43,000 acres (68 sq miles) and is still growing.

A huge fire is also burning in New Mexico - one of a total of 19 fires in nine drought-stricken western states.

Alastair Leithead reports.