COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (TheBlaze/AP) — A wildfire fueled by hot temperatures, gusty winds, and thick, bone-dry forests has destroyed 92 homes, damaged five more and prompted more than 7,000 residents northeast of Colorado Springs to flee, sheriff’s official said Wednesday.
A separate Colorado wildfire to the south has destroyed 20 structures and prompted evacuations of about 250 residents and nearly 1,000 inmates at medium-security prison. To the north, another fire burned in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Wildfires also were burning in New Mexico, Oregon and California, where a smokejumper was killed fighting one of dozens of lightning-sparked fires.
Here’s a look at the intense Black Forest Fire in and around Colorado Springs:
Peter McEvoy posted this photo on his Twitter late Tuesday visible from behind home plate Pine Creek High School, just southwest of the evacuation area. (Credit: Peter McEvoy/Twitter)
Joel Pingleton posted a photo of his Colorado Springs neighborhood before evacuation Tuesday; he added that he grabbed his “mom, brother, hard drive for my computer, my shotgun, a couple shirts, and my bible. #priorities.” (Credit: Joel Pingleton/Twitter)
Shad Dohl of Colorado Springs watches the Black Forest Fire June 12, 2013. (Credit: Getty Images)
Joseph Marsh followed the Black Forest Fire and posted this photo just south of the evacuation zone. (Credit: Joseph Marsh/Twitter)
Large plumes of smoke rise from a wild land fire in the Black Forest northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Credit: AP/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson)
The Black Forest Fire burns northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 11, 2013 as Chad Williams takes photos. (Credit: AP)
Bill Moreau watches as the Black Forest fire burns near his house near Black Forest Road Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013, near Colorado Springs, Colo. (Credit: AP)
The Black Forest Fire burns northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Credit: AP)
Large plumes of smoke rise from a wild land fire in the Black Forest northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Credit: AP)
A bird perches as the Black Forest Fire burns northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Credit: AP)