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Colorado Wildfires: Americans Scramble to Safety

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Published on Jun 27, 2012

A western wildfire being fueled by strong winds and scorching temperatures has burned past firefighters' defenses and is menacing the city of Colorado Springs.

Firefighters battling the out of control blaze, which has grown to more than 15,000 acres, say they are bracing for worsening conditions.

"We expect further trouble from the weather today," Fire Incident Commander Rich Harvey said. "Thunderstorms present a unique problem for us. The wind can come in any direction from those ... at any time with pretty strong gusts."

About 1,000 firefighters are battling the Waldo Canyon blaze, which jumped to houses after getting refueled by 65 mph winds. About 32,000 people from Colorado Springs had to flee to safety. The fires are just 5 percent contained.

According to the Defense Department, four C-130s from the Air Force had released nearly 60,000 gallons of retardant over the canyon as of this morning.

Rudy Rivera, a resident, said he was told he had five minutes to "pack whatever you can and get out."

Shawna Miller also had just five minutes to pack.

For more on this story: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wildfire-men...

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