Wildfire Victims Crowd Shelters as Fight Continues

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Winds are pushing a raging
Colorado Springs wildfire back toward where homes burned a night
earlier, as crews fight to save the U.S. Air Force Academy and
houses that had escaped damage.

Incident commander Rich Harvey said Wednesday that winds have
been shifting since the fire started Saturday.

It has burned about 10 acres on the Air Force Academy's
28-square-mile campus, but no injuries or damaged structures have
been reported there.

The fire has destroyed dozens of houses, but the intensity of
the blaze has kept officials from fully assessing damage to the
state's second-largest city.

The fire doubled in size overnight to about 24 square miles and
forced mandatory evacuations for more than 32,000 residents. That
includes about 2,200 people in housing areas on the south part of
the academy campus.

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