Colorado Wildfires Force Thousands of Evacuations

An 8,000-acre wildfire has already burned dozens of homes and forced 6,000 to evacuate.
1:51 | 06/12/13

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the fast-moving wildfires out west right now. They forced thousands of people to evacuate so quickly. Clayton sandell is in colorado springs, colorado. Good morning, clayton. Reporter: Good morning, george. Police have a huge area blocked off around this fire. About 6,000 people are evacuated, out of their homes, chased away by an 8,000-acre monster. Overnight, thousands of people told to leave home had to race to escape giant flames. They loaded up horses and as much of their lives as they could carry. We took photographs. Things we can't replace, we brought with us. Other than that, we're saying fire insurance has a reason for it. Reporter: Flames are hopscotching through dry trees and brush. Our commander is estimating more between 40 and 60. You can easily assume that is higher than that. Reporter: Smoke could be seen more than 70 miles away. The plume is just enormous. It goes on for miles and miles. Reporter: With winds and record-hot temperatures, the weather could not be much worse. Denver hit 100 degrees tuesday, a high never recorded this early in the year. Fires are erupting all over colorado. This one in rocky mountain national park. Another near canyon city, forcing state prison officials to move 800 inmates out of the fire's path. Flames came dangerously close to the famous royal gorge bridge. But it was spared. And so was this baby deer. Who made it to safety, thanks to this firefighter. And this morning, thousands of homes are still threatened. Many of them, $1 million-plus. And with more hot, dry fire weather today, this is going to be a very long fight.

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