Wildfire victims crowd shelters as fight continues

AP News
Posted: Jun 27, 2012 6:41 PM
Wildfire victims crowd shelters as fight continues

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Winds are pushing a raging Colorado Springs wildfire back toward where homes burned a night earlier, as crews fight to save the U.S. Air Force Academy and houses that had escaped damage.

Incident commander Rich Harvey said Wednesday that winds have been shifting since the fire started Saturday.

It has burned about 10 acres on the Air Force Academy's 28-square-mile campus, but no injuries or damaged structures have been reported there.

The fire has destroyed dozens of houses, but the intensity of the blaze has kept officials from fully assessing damage to the state's second-largest city.

The fire doubled in size overnight to about 24 square miles and forced mandatory evacuations for more than 32,000 residents. That includes about 2,200 people in housing areas on the south part of the academy campus.