DISASTERS

The Latest: 2 firefighters killed heading back from patrol

  • A plane drops retardant while battling the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland, as viewed from Sugarloaf, Colo., Sunday, July 10, 2016. Fire authorities are warning that shifting high winds and high temperatures could put homes in danger. The fire that started on Saturday spread quickly. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    A plane drops retardant while battling the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland, as viewed from Sugarloaf, Colo., Sunday, July 10, 2016. Fire authorities are warning that shifting high winds and high temperatures could put homes in danger. The fire that started on Saturday spread quickly. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

  • A helicopter prepares to drop water on a wildfire fire in Nederland, Colo., Sunday, July 10, 2016. (Autumn Parry/Daily Camera via AP)

    A helicopter prepares to drop water on a wildfire fire in Nederland, Colo., Sunday, July 10, 2016. (Autumn Parry/Daily Camera via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rachel Klucewicz prepares to evacuate from a wildfire in Nederland, Colo., Sunday July 10, 2016. (Paul Aiken/Daily Camera via AP)

    Rachel Klucewicz prepares to evacuate from a wildfire in Nederland, Colo., Sunday July 10, 2016. (Paul Aiken/Daily Camera via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on wildfires burning in the Western U.S. (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Authorities say a vehicle carrying federal firefighters returning from a patrol for lightning-sparked wildfires crashed, killing two of them and injuring another on a remote northern Nevada highway.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Stephen Clutter said Monday that the crash happened around 5 p.m. Sunday on State Route 140 near the Oregon state line while the three were headed back from duty.

Their names and other details of the crash weren't immediately made public.

Clutter says the injured firefighter was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Reno.

A BLM statement mourns the deaths and injury and says the agency's thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters' families.

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9:50 a.m.

Two men accused of igniting a Colorado wildfire that has forced the evacuation of 2,000 people talked to a reporter about the blaze before they were arrested.

Authorities say 28-year-old Jimmy Andrew Suggs and 26-year-old Zackary Ryan Kuykendall from Vinemont, Alabama, didn't properly extinguish a campfire, causing flames to flare up and spread in hot, windy weather Saturday. They were arrested Sunday at an evacuation shelter.

The pair and a woman camping with them told the Daily Camera newspaper of Boulder (http://tinyurl.com/j85uft9) that they saw the fire soon after it started. Suggs says they had "never seen anything like it."

The fire has burned about a square mile in the foothills roughly 20 miles west of Boulder and has destroyed three homes. Gusty winds threaten to fan the flames Monday.