Massive wildfires in Colorado jump firefighter perimeter lines
POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 12:47pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — It is being described as a fire of epic proportions.
One of several fires burning out of control in Colorado, the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs doubled in size overnight.
The numbers are staggering.
More than thirty-thousand people have been forced to evacuate.
It’s a monster fire that's just getting larger and more out of control.
"It’s not even remotely close to being contained," said Rich Brown, Colorado Springs Fire Chief.
In one of the northern most subdivisions, dozens of homes are reduced to rubble.
"We have a lot of structures that have been lost. We're hoping, that area had been evacuated earlier. There were some people that refused to evacuate. We hope they got out,” said Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach.
For those that did get out, the sadness of seeing their homes and communities destroyed is overwhelming.
65 mile per hour winds gusts Tuesday pushed the inferno beyond fire breaks.
Fire crews are now battling the wildfire from the ground and the air.
The air force academy evacuated thousands from its campus.
Colorado Springs isn't the only major Colorado city being threatened.
The hills around Boulder, Colorado are also ablaze.
In a state that is all too familiar with wildfires, this year is being called the worst fire season in Colorado history.