Colorado Springs under threat as 32,000 flee Waldo fire





Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Jun 28, 2012

http://timesofearth.com/Worldnews/?NT... Colorado - Flames are spreading quickly across Colorado where firefighters are battling to save homes and lives.

Officials said Wednesday the Waldo Canyon Fire had doubled in size to more than 6,200 hectares. They said the flames are so intense that it is difficult to assess the damage.

The fire has forced some 32,000 people to evacuate their homes in the state's second largest city, Colorado Springs. Many residents were forced to leave a lifetime of possessions behind, hoping the flames will stay away.

The fire has burned numerous homes, including a historic ranch that attracts hundreds of tourists each year.

Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown says the fire has reached "epic proportions."

President Barack Obama telephoned Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Wednesday, telling him that federal authorities will use all of their resources to help local officials fight the flames. Obama plans to go to Colorado on Friday to survey the damage.

The Waldo Canyon Fire started last Saturday in Pike National Forest. Several days of hot weather have fueled the fires. Daytime temperatures have soared to more than 37 degrees Celsius.

The Waldo Canyon Fire is one of several massive wildfires that have raged across much of the western United States in recent weeks. One person has been confirmed dead in a wildfire in the state of Utah.

Weather conditions were not favourable.

Dry, hot temperatures are expected to continue across much of the US this week, with little chance of rain.

On Wednesday afternoon, academy officials said the fire had spread to about 10 acres of the campus. Some 2,100 people were evacuated from base housing overnight.

Firefighters from the Air Force and local crews were trying to stop the blaze reaching the academy.
Elsewhere in Colorado, the High Park fire in the west of the state has been burning for weeks and remains barely half contained, although fewer homes are under imminent threat.


When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next

to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...