A Colorado wildfire that had been steadily burning for 3 days erupted on Tuesday, causing 32,000 people to evacuate their homes across the neighborhoods of Colorado Springs, according to the Denver Post. As the fire moved towards the Colorado Springs from the forest hills on the west side of the city, all of northwest Colorado Springs was forcefully evacuated, the paper reported.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted the use of federal aid to fight the fire after Colorado Springs and El Paso County declared an emergency, according to CNN. The high on Tuesday,101 degrees, and wind gusts of 65 mph exacerbated the fire which had not yet caused any damage to the city, according to the Post. Gov. Hickenlooper arrived in Colorado springs late Tuesday.
He told the Post that he had just flown over the fires and that, “it was like looking at a military invasion.” Although the Colorado Springs fire has attracted a lot of national attention, Colorado is dealing with several large fires across the state, including a Boulder fire that resulted in 26 homes being evacuated, and a Fort Collins fire that has destructed at least 257 homes, according to the Post.