COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — The deadly Black Forest wildfire burning in Colorado is now being called the most destructive in the state’s history. Heavy smoke blankets miles of air near Colorado Springs.
The fire, burning since Tuesday, has destroyed more than 15,000 acres and claimed the lives of two people as they were rushing to escape the fast moving flames.
More than 350 homes have been destroyed, including Katie Dubois’. Luckily, she did manage to save her animals.
“We’re thinking that we are going to stay, we’re going to clear our land,” Dubois says. “It’s torched. There are some areas that aren’t, so we’re going to rebuild. This is our community.”
Some 13,000 homes remain under evacuation orders. As of Friday morning the fire was only five percent contained, but firefighters remain optimistic.
“Hopefully if we can build off the success last night we’re going to start to turn the corner,” says Incident Commander Rich Harvey.
As the fire moves closer to the Colorado Springs city limits firefighters there are also on high alert.
About 38,000 people across roughly 70 square miles have been ordered out of their homes because of the current fire, including residents of 1,000 homes within Colorado Springs.