2 Found Dead in Area Burned by Colo. Wildfire

By: National AP Email
By: National AP Email

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The massive wildfire near Colorado Springs has now claimed two lives and prompted the first evacuation orders within city limits after shifting winds drove flames in every direction.

At least 360 homes have been destroyed outside the city -- a number that is likely to climb as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history burns through tinder-dry woods and is only 5 percent contained.

The destruction surpassed last June's Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 347 homes, killed two people and caused $353 million in insurance claims just 15 miles to the southwest. The heavy losses were blamed in part on explosive population growth in areas with historically high fire risk.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says the dead victims were found in their garage, with the car doors open, apparently preparing to flee.

Other fires burned in New Mexico, Oregon and California.

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