World briefs – September 9

Authorities say at least 136 homes have been destroyed by a wildfire burning in canyons and foothills west of Boulder.

Toll of Colorado wildfire grows

BOULDER, Colo. — Authorities say at least 136 homes have been destroyed by a wildfire burning in canyons and foothills west of Boulder.

A list released Wednesday by the Boulder County sheriff’s includes four other structures and at least 12 homes damaged by the 6,168-acre (2,496-hectare) fire.

The reported losses surpass those of the 2002 Hayman fire in southern Colorado that was the most destructive in the state’s history.

It destroyed 133 homes and 466 outbuildings over 138,000 acres (55,848 hectares).

About 3,500 people have been evacuated from about 1,000 homes that broke out in a parched area north of Boulder on Monday. Four people remain missing as some residents have stayed behind and risked their lives to try to save their homes.


Tropical Storm Igor forms off coast of Africa

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Igor has formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa near the Cape Verde Islands and has top sustained winds of near 40 mph (65 kph).

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Centre in Miami said Wednesday that Igor was moving toward the west near 6 mph (9 kph). The centre of the storm is expected to pass south of the Cape Verde Islands by Thursday.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for the southern Cape Verde Islands.


Mayor of small Mexico town killed by gunmen

MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors say hooded gunmen have killed the mayor of a small town in northern Mexico.

He is the third mayor to have been slain in the last month, apparently by Mexico’s drug cartels.

The prosecutors office for San Luis Potosi state says Mayor Alexander Lopez Garcia of El Naranjo was killed Wednesday by a squad of four hitmen who pulled up in a vehicle.

Two of the attackers burst into his office and shot him to death.

All the attackers escaped.

The rural township of about 20,000 people borders the violence-wracked state of Tamaulipas, where 72 migrants were massacred by drug gunmen in August.

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