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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:06 PM

Colorado Springs under threat as 32,000 flee Waldo fire

More than 32,000 people were forced to flee their homes as a raging wildfire threatening the US city of Colorado Springs doubled in size overnight.

Traffic and smoke choked the streets as people hurried to evacuate the city and the nearby US Air Force Academy.

Over 800 firefighters are battling fire over 15,324 acres (6,201 hectares) and is 5% contained. Evacuation orders are in place in much of the city.

Extreme fire warnings have been issued across several western US states.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18612897

I am going to leave the politics out of this... but will point out a couple things.

1.- A MEDIUM sized American city has not been threatened by fire this way since, iirc, the Great Chicago Fire... which was the death knell for private fire companies...

2.- These fires are predicted by global weather change. An 0.8 degree centigrade in overall temperature increase translates to a LOT OF ENERGY in the atmosphere. The Drought that has affected Colorado... is part of that predictive model.

I will point one last thing... if this is worst case... (The Great Colorado Springs Fire), how long until the Feds scream for help from both Canada and Mexico?

Oh and it goes without saying... good luck if you are in the area, well it is in the internets, you should not be reading this...

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