Massive Wildfires In Colorado Have Residents Fleeing

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COLORADO (CNN) – The massive wildfire ravaging parts of Colorado continues to burn as weather conditions there are expected to worsen. The flames and smoke have already forced 32-thousand residents from their homes. Now rain -- in the form of predicted thunder storms -- could, believe it or not, make things worse. Stacey Cohan reports.

All some can do is watch...and wait.... To see where the ravenous flames will head next.   The wildfire doubled in size overnight....with over 15-thousand acres now burning.    In Waldo Canyon, the incident commander says the fire is only 5 percent contained.  

You could see it for the last couple of days and then all of the sudden the wind just shifted and it came over the hill and it was this huge black puff of smoke.

And the weather may soon worsen.

Thunderstorms present a unique problem from us, in that the wind can come from any direction from those at any time with pretty strong gusts.    

In Colorado Springs, the temperature soared to a record high of 101 on Tuesday....creating an oven-like atmosphere for crews battling against the flames.  There are at least a half dozen other wildfires across Colorado...hopscotching the dry landscape at the whim of the wind. Even a large section of neighboring Utah had 3 reported wildfires by late Tuesday.

This fire's gonna be going on for a long time.  A lot of people were saying hey it looks like things are calming down.  It may be calming down in one area but where it’s not roaring here its roaring someplace else.   

The fire chief in Colorado Springs has called the fire "epic." and at least one resident is grateful for the epic fight being waged against it by heroic fire crews.   

It would never be worth it for any of them to lose their lives trying to save someone's house. We can rebuild.

I'm Stacey Cohan, reporting.

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