Wed June 12, 2013
Colorado Fires: Thousands of Homes Evacuated, Prisoners Moved
Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 7:58 am
More than 900 prisoners were evacuated from a state prison near Colorado Springs, Colo., early Wednesday as one of four wildfires across the Front Range moved toward the facility, The Associated Press writes.
About 2,500 homes and businesses in northeast El Paso County have also been evacuated, according to The Denver Post.
Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee tells our Newscast Desk that at least 60 homes have been destroyed by one of the fires. The most damaging blaze so far, she says, is the Black Forest Fire that has engulfed some homes in a heavily wooded development near Colorado Springs.
The National Interagency Coordination Center says the Black Forest Fire has so far consumed about 7,500 acres and is zero percent contained.
There are no reports of injuries or deaths at this point.
-- NPR's "Fire Forecast" app, which is updated daily. We'll embed it below as well. The interactive should take you right to Colorado Springs, but you can change the location by entering a new "zip code, city, etc."