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Colorado wildfires continue to rage, small area of Air Force Academy burns

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A destructive Colorado wildfire has burned about 10 acres of land on the U.S. Air Force Academy's 28-square-mile campus, but no injuries or damaged structures have been reported.

Officials said Wednesday academy firefighters were getting help from six local fire departments.

The fire northwest of Colorado Springs has destroyed dozens of houses, but the intensity of the blaze has kept officials from fully assessing the damage to the state's second-largest city.

The fire doubled in size overnight to about 24 square miles and forced mandatory evacuations for more than 32,000 residents. Among those evacuated are about 2,200 people in housing areas on the south part of the academy campus.

The fire crept into the southwest border of the campus. There are no reports of structures at the academy being burned.


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