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Colorado Springs Mandatory Evacuation Map: Thousands Set to Evacuate Raging Wildfires

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By Myles Collier , Christian Post Contributor
June 14, 2013|9:05 am

Thousands of residents in Colorado Springs are ready to evacuate should the order be given on Friday, as fire crews work desperately to keep the growing fires, which have already killed two people, from breaching the city limits.

Two people were killed in the 15,700-acre Black Forest fire, one of a trio of raging wildfires that has forced nearly 40,000 people to flee their homes.

Officials have stated that 378 homes have been destroyed in the fire that spans more than 24 square miles.

As of late Thursday, flames from the Black Forest fire had not damaged properties within the Colorado Springs city limits, but the sheriff's office issued a mandatory evacuation order for about 1,000 homes inside the north-eastern boundary and a voluntary order for about 2,000 more, Reuters reported.

The Royal Gorge fire has also been blazing, eating up 3,800 acres so far, according to reports. The blaze has destroyed much land south of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Arkansas River, burning down three structures near Canon City.

That fire has forced authorities to close and evacuate the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, and the Arkansas River from Spike Buck through Canon City have been closed.

Royal Gorge Information Officer Gregg Goodland has told reporters, "The last I heard the Royal Gorge Bridge is not on fire, but yes it is in danger."

In addition, the Klikus-La Veta fire has blazed through 50 acres, and forced the evacuation of about 200 residents in Huerfano County.

Colorado Senator Michael Bennett said in a statement on Tuesday, "Our thoughts are with those who have lost their homes and property in these fires. Unfortunately, Coloradans are all too familiar with how quickly wildfires burn and the dangers they pose. We have been in touch with local authorities on the ground and are monitoring the situation closely to ensure our firefighters and first responders will have all the federal resources they need to combat these fires."

 

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