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June 27, 2012

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June 27, 2012 –Thousands Flee Fires in Colorado and other Western StatesTens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes around Colorado Springs, Colo. as the Waldo Canyon Fire consumed more than 5,000 acres, the Denver Post reported. High winds and 100-plus-degree temperatures have worked against firefighters.  Pictured above, a huge fire near Estes Park, Colorado engulfs a home.

The El Paso County sheriff told reporters Tuesday night that 32,000 people were evacuated in the area.

The U.S. Air Force Academy installation commander also issued an evacuation order for residents on the complex, an Air Force statement said.

North of Denver, 26 homes in a southern Boulder subdivision were ordered to evacuate Tuesday afternoon as firefighters work to contain a blaze that consumed 300 acres in four hours, 9news.com reported. Boulder, a college town of 100,000 residents, is about 30…

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