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Colorado Wildfires Force Thousands to Be Evacuated

David McNew/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- A wildfire in Colorado has damaged dozens of homes in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, officials said on Wednesday.

"At this point I would not be surprised if we have crossed over 80 homes and are approaching 100," said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, who earlier had said 40 to 60 structures had been damaged.
The blaze, along with four other large fires in the state, is burning in record heat, and dry, windy conditions.
"If the winds do double back on us, property that we felt, or that we identified as being salvaged or unaffected, it could very easily be consumed by the fire today," Maketa said.

The Black Forest fire has charred about 8,000 acres and has prompted the evacuation of more than 7,000 people.  No missing persons, injuries or deaths have been reported.

The fire, which is 0 percent contained, is considered a Type I incident -- the most serious kind.  Dozens of firefighters, in addition to aircraft, are fighting the flames.

"That fire is far from under control or extinguished," said Maketa.

Elsewhere in Colorado, a fire near Canon City has torched an estimated 3,800 acres and has destroyed at least three structures, officials said.  Meanwhile, another fire in Rocky Mountain National Park has burned 300 to 400 acres.

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