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A large wildfire is raging out of control and has forced the evacuation of 32,000 people from their homes near Colorado Springs, CO. As of the morning of Wednesday, 6/27, the fire was over 15,000 acres and only 5% contained. Temperatures over 100 degrees combined with very low humidity have resulted in prime conditions for the spread of this fire, and this is expected to continue for the next week or so. This situation could be complicated further by thunderstorms in the forecast, which can produce more fires from dry lightning and fan the flames with gusty winds. The fire has gotten dangerously close to the U.S. Air Force Academy campus, from which approximately 2,100 residents have been evacuated.  There are an additional six large wildfires currently active in the state of Colorado, including one recently ignited in Boulder, which has prompted 2,300 pre-evacuation notices and has come close to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)  Mesa Lab facility. The largest of the fires at High Park, which began June 9th, has consumed over 87,000 acres and was only 65% contained as of Tuesday 6/26. FEMA is providing funds to help fight many of these fires.

Gary Monitz

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