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(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Firefighters in Colorado continue to struggle with a trio of wildfires across the state fueled by gusty winds. The worst of the blazes is the Black Forrest fire, northeast of Colorado Springs, that officials fear has destroyed about 100 homes. In a news conference Wednesday evening, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said that blaze could burn up to 12,000 acres.

“We do have very dry conditions. The possibilities for this fire to continue to spread are extreme,” the sheriff explained.

The fire has already burned roughly 8,500 acres, and Maketa says another 3,000 are expected to be consumed by the blaze.

The fire is now prompting some evacuations inside the city limits of Colorado Springs, with the situation changing by the minute.
“The fire has now doubled back. Properties that we identified as standing are now engulfed in flames,” Sheriff Maketa said Wednesday.
“It affects somewhere between 9-9,500 citizens, people, and we’re looking at roughly 3,400 residents,” the sheriff warned.

If the weather conditions remain unfavorable, Sheriff Maketa said Wednesday that could make it difficult to predict the blaze’s path.
“The winds have remained pretty consistent and that has done a lot of things we were not really expecting with the fire and that is it has moved in two different directions now,” said Maketa.

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