Colorado Springs wildfire continues to burn – Obama plans visit

By Amanda Shore

The Colorado Springs wildfire isn’t the only fire that has threatened to consume Colorado, but right now, it is the biggest. It has doubled in size overnight and now even threatens the U.S. Air Force Academy. The Academy will still welcome new recruits this year, and hopefully the Academy will still be standing. More than 32,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and that number is growing. Rob Deyerberg, a fire information officer, said that a lot of the new evacuations are just a precaution.

In the biggest fire season in the history of Colorado, all are concerned for the safety of citizens and the preservation of forests and buildings. Some wonder if the old fire-management policies from the 20th centuries did more harm than good. Either way, firefighters are doing their best to battle the raging inferno.

Because of the rapid spread of the fire, there is no estimate now as to how many homes and businesses have been lost. President Obama is planning to visit the area on Friday, June 30 to view the damage and perhaps offer some hope to those whose homes have been destroyed.

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