Natural Disasters

Thousands Flee Colorado Fires

Four wildfires rage across the state


Four wildfires burning across the state Wednesday have destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands to evacuate, including 900 inmates from a state prison.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the Black Forest Fire destroyed more than 40 homes after the blaze ignited Tuesday. It was 0% contained.

Black Forest is a residential area northeast of Colorado Springs named for its thick growth of Ponderosa Pines. Maketa said about 2,300 homes, affecting about 6,400 people, were evacuated.