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UPDATE: 1,000 Colo. Springs homes evacuating due to fire

UPDATED Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 4:05 p.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Residents of 1,000 homes in Colorado Springs are being ordered to evacuate because of a wildfire that's already destroyed at least 360 houses.

Thursday's evacuation order is the first within the city limits. About 38,000 people were previously told to leave because of the fire that started in a populated, wooded area east of the city.

Colorado's second-largest city of about 430,000 people is also asking residents of 2,000 more homes to be ready to evacuate because the fire has reached a designated trigger point.

The blaze in the Black Forest area is now the most destructive in Colorado history.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 10:35 a.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- A wildfire burning near Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive in state history.

El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa said Thursday that deputies still haven't been able to verify the condition of 79 homes as the wildfire continues to burn. So it's possible the figure could rise even higher.

The fire is burning near where the Waldo Canyon fire burned 347 homes last year. It was previously the most destructive in Colorado history.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 10:44 a.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and the sheriff says unpredictable winds still make it a dangerous blaze.

Authorities initially estimated that between 40 and 60 houses were destroyed, but they are still surveying the damage. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Wednesday he believes around 80 have been lost and he wouldn't be surprised if the figure reaches or tops 100.

Maketa says there are no reports of anyone missing in the fire. However, he says some people stayed behind and he fears some may have died.

Around 7,000 people over 47 square miles have been evacuated by the Black Forest Fire, which started Tuesday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted June 11, 2013 --- 7:06 p.m.

Story from our Gray Colorado Springs station, KKTV:

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirms the fire is near the 12600 block of Peregrine Way in Black Forest. This area is west of Black Forest Regional Park.

Mandatory evacuation borders are now south of Hodgen, north of Shoup, west of Vollmer and east of Perigrine Way.

The City of Colorado Springs has sent emergency response resources to aid El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in responding to a wildland fire in Black Forest. As of 3 p.m. the Colorado Springs Fire Department has dispatched seven fire engines to the scene.

The Colorado Springs Police Department has also dispatched officers to assist. El Paso County Sheriff is the lead responding agency.

Red Cross is opening a shelter at Palmer Ridge High School - 19255 Monument Rd, Monument.

Highway 83 is currently closed at Powers.


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