Winds whip flames in Colorado
32,000 ordered to evacuate
(MCT) — High winds continued to whip through the Colorado Springs area on Wednesday, fanning the flames of the Waldo Canyon fire and more than doubling the amount of destroyed acreage. At least 32,000 people have been ordered to flee their homes.
As of the most recent update, 15,517 acres of dry-as-dust land had been consumed, and that number is expected to rise, fire information officer Rob Dyerberg said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, the damage stood at 6,200 acres, but with winds blowing as hard as 60 miles per hour in exceptionally dry terrain, that total quickly grew.
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