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Fires Cause Over 32,000 To Evacuate

Colorado is being ravaged by wildfires.

June 28, 2012- Fire officials in Colorado are facing yet another day of extreme heat in their continued fight to get wildfires under control. The fires have destroyed hundreds of homes, thousands of acres of land, forced over 32,000 people to evacuate and have come close to some of the largest cities in the state.

Near Colorado Springs, the fire intensified causing over 30,000 to be evacuated including a large part of the U.S. Air Force Academy. A statement was released by the Academy that said 25 military helicopters would be dispatched to help in the effort to fight the fires.

The fire has consumed over 5,000 acres since Saturday when it started and has been fuelled by dry conditions, high winds and record high temperatures. The Red Cross announced that only 10% of the total 32,000 evacuees could be accommodated in their shelters. Although, the majority of people found shelter with friends or family, said the emergency aid agency.

Another blaze near Fort Collins has raged for three weeks. It ranks among one of the worst fires in Colorado history. The fire thus far has burned down over 250 homes and caused the death of a woman when her home was engulfed in flames on June 9, shortly after the fire started.

Three other fires are also burning in Colorado, which saw little snowfall this past winter that has created very dry conditions. Over 3,000 firefighters are battling the blazes.

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