1,000 Colo. Springs homes evacuating due to fire

1,000 Colo. Springs homes evacuating due to fire

Credit: Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault/U.S. Army via Getty Images

In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pilots and crewmembers of the United States Army release water onto the burning fires during their bambi bucket mission on June 12, 2013 in Black Forest, Colorado. The fire has burned over 15,000 acres, and has claimed 360 homes, forcing at least 38,000 people to evacuate.

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by NICHOLAS RICCARDI

Associated Press

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 8:11 PM

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 already have been evacuated because of the fire that started in a populated, wooded area east of the city.

The 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.
 

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