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.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - At least four major wildfires have broken out along the Rocky Mountain front in Colorado.
Hot, gusty weather has been spreading flames quickly. Thick smoke plumes have been billowing from fires near Colorado Springs, in southern Colorado, and in Rocky Mountain National Park to the north.
The El Paso County sheriff says a wildfire in a residential area northeast of Colorado Springs has forced mandatory evacuations of more than 1,000 homes. About eight homes have burned, but the sheriff had no exact number because the fire was moving too quickly. He says firefighters have shifted from evacuation mode to search and rescue mode.
In southern Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management said three structures have been lost in a fire on about 300 acres near the Royal Gorge Bridge. Authorities evacuated Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.
A third wildfire in southern Colorado erupted Tuesday in rural Huerfano County, prompting evacuation orders to about 200 residences northeast of the fire.
A fourth wildfire sparked by lightning Monday in Rocky Mountain National Park has grown to an estimated 300 to 400 acres, but no structures are threatened.
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