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  • Tens of thousands of people forced from homes
  • Response team spokeswoman: "The fire conditions could not be worse"
  • iReporters are documenting the conditions
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A wind-fueled wildfire of epic proportions breached fire lines June 26 and entered Colorado Springs, Colorado, bringing to at least 32,000 the number of people evacuated in the area and at the U.S. Air Force Academy.


"The fire conditions could not be worse," said Anne Rys-Sikora, spokeswoman for a multiagency fire response team. "It is like a convection oven out there."


In addition to the Waldo Canyon Fire, six other fires are active in Colorado. Firefighters are also battling wildfires in neighboring Utah.


The largest of the fires was the High Park Fire in Colorado, which began June 9 and consumed 87,250 acres by late June, the U.S. Forest Service said.


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