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Thousands flee as wildfires rip through Rockies

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

At least 3,600 people have been evacuated, as wildfires on Wednesday continued to rip through Colorado and parts of the Rockies, threatening to spread to at least three other states.

Sixty homes — including million-dollar mansions — have been destroyed so far, Fox News reported. Wind gusts are exacerbating the flames. The fire is sweeping across Colorado but has hit Texas, Arizona, California and Nevada, and residents there are starting to flee, Fox News said.

Not all the evacuations are going smoothly, CNN reported.

"We have some folks that were having difficulty," said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, to CNN. "We are focused on our elderly population that may have difficulty moving, and people trying to move animals out. It has gone from an evac to somewhat of a search and rescue."

The fire has spanned 400 acres, and forecasts — dry and windy — aren't favorable. Firefighters in Colorado said on Wednesday it's "zero percent contained," USA Today reported.

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