Colorado Fighting Wildfires
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Crews are fighting at least four major wildfires in Colorado, including one that has burned homes.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says a fire northeast of Colorado Springs led to the evacuation of hundreds of homes yesterday 6/11.
Three wildfires fueled by hot temperatures and gusty winds have, together, burned dozens of homes and led to the evacuation of thousands of residents.
Sheriff's officials yesterday 6/12 counted 92 homes destroyed by a fire northeast of Colorado Springs.
A wildfire in and around Royal Gorge Bridge & Park that has destroyed 20 structures is only partially under control. Officials said yesterday the fire was 20 percent contained but the Royal Gorge suspension bridge spanning the canyon across the Arkansas River appears in good condition. The 4.5-square-mile fire has forced 250 people from their homes near Canon City.
A wildfire in rural Huerfano County is nearly contained, with all evacuations lifted. Officials say the 60-acre fire was 75 percent contained by yesterday evening. No structures have been lost in the wildfire, which broke out about four miles west of La Veta in Huerfano County. Gov. John Hickenlooper has declared the fire a disaster emergency.
In light of several wildfires burning across the West, the U.S. Forest Service says it is mobilizing two Defense Department cargo planes to help put out the blazes.