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32,000 displaced by Colorado wildfire: “This is a firestorm of epic proportions”

June 27, 2012

The Extinction Protocol

June 27, 2012COLORADOFirefighters again will battle inferno-like conditions on Wednesday as they try to tame an explosive wildfire that has already chased some 32,000 residents from their homes near Colorado Springs, Colorado. “This is a firestorm of epic proportions,” Richard Brown, the Colorado Springs Fire chief, said late Tuesday. Winds gusting to 65 mph through mountain canyons blew the wildfire through containment lines into northwest Colorado Springs on Tuesday afternoon. Gov. John Hickenlooper surveyed the Waldo Canyon Fire, telling reporters it was a difficult sight to see. “There were people’s homes burned to the ground. It was surreal,” he said late Tuesday night. “There’s no question, it’s serious. It’s as serious as it gets.” The 6,200-acre fire remained only 5% contained. Officials labeled it as exhibiting “extreme fire behavior. The fire conditions could not be worse,” said Anne Rys-Sikora, spokeswoman for a multi-agency fire response team…

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