Wildfire severely threatened the US Air Force Academy and residents in Colorado. Fire crews fought to save the U.S. Air Force Academy and of the housing areas after a night of terror which compelled several people to fleeing.
Among the affected areas was which evacuated two housing areas, a day before the scheduled arrival of 1000 new cadets, the academy said. Soaring temperatures compounded the agony for firefighters trying to contain the 2400ha blaze, one of many raging across the American west. It marks the worst fire season in Colorado history, three major blazes are burning uncontrolled in the Rocky Mountain said, destroying hundreds of homes, prompting mass evacuations in Colorado Springs and threatening the city of Boulder 100 miles away.
For weeks, Colorado has been in a state of siege as the mammoth High Park fire raged unhindered in mountain wilderness west of Fort Collins, destroying 257 rural homesteads and cabins, while residents of cities and suburbs to the east held their collective breath and prayed that the flames would not reach them. The FBI’s Denver office, meanwhile, said it was working with other agencies to determine whether any of a dozen wildfires across the state resulted from criminal activity. Some 3,000 more people were evacuated to the west of the fire, Teller County authorities said Wednesday, and Teller County courts were closed through Thursday.
In this context, the White House said President Barack Obama will tour fire-stricken areas of Colorado on Friday and thank firefighters battling some of the worst fires to hit the American West in decades.