Advancing flames from the Waldo Canyon wildfire endanger homes in and around Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“15,000 acres have burned and 32,000 residents have evacuated,” local resident, Shini Abraham, said. “Firefighters expect today to be similar or worse. We’re experiencing record high temperatures, low humidity, [and] the winds are kicking up again. Thick smoke and now ash and debris fill the air.”
Adjunct faculty member of Spring Arbor University, Debra Buenting, posted online that, “The fire is now taking homes in part of Colorado Springs. The mountain fire has moved into the city and is devastating. 55 mph winds made the fire go crazy in the past 3 hours.”
There is a mandatory evacuation in effect for residents West of Interstate 25 and North of Garden of the Gods Road.
Evacuated residents plead with emergency crews for “just five minutes” to rescue belongings and re-unite with family members, but were unable to return home.
Colorado Springs’ iconic Airforce Acedemy prayer chapel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is also endangered by the blaze.