Colorado Fires Spread- Threaten Air Force Academy
Please keep Michelle Malkin and her family in your prayers. Michelle and her family were evacuated from their home in Colorado earlier this week.
Michelle Malkin, Jim Hoft, Dana Loesch, Ben Howe and Chris Loesch
Western states battling 29 large wildfires. The fire is only 5 percent contained.
Firefighters struggled on Wednesday against a wildfire at the edge of Colorado Springs that doubled in size overnight and has forced 32,000 people from their homes, prompted evacuations from the U.S. Air Force Academy and consumed an unknown number of homes.
The Waldo Canyon Fire, which has grabbed attention for days because of its proximity to landmarks like the famed mountaintop of Pikes Peak and the Air Force Academy, has now burned through 15,375 acres (6,222 hectares) near Colorado’s second-most populous city, fire information officer Rob Deyerberg told Reuters.
“That means it made a run of roughly 9,000 acres (3,600 hectares) in a matter of hours yesterday afternoon,” he said.
Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown called the firestorm that hit his city – in a metropolitan area of more than 650,000 people – on Tuesday “a monster” and said at this point flames were “not even remotely close to being contained.”
The fire, which is only 5 percent contained, was not as intense early on Wednesday but would likely build up again as the temperature rises during the day, Deyerberg said.
UPDATE: Dan from Wizbang is blogging on the destruction from Colorado Springs.