New Colorado wildfire erupts, grows out of control

Fires erupt on a ridge over a Boy Scouts camp east of Red Feather Lakes, Colo., on Sunday, June 17, 2012, as a stubborn wildfire continues to burn in northern Colorado.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Fires erupt on a ridge over a Boy Scouts camp east of Red Feather Lakes, Colo., on Sunday, June 17, 2012, as a stubborn wildfire continues to burn in northern Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- A wildfire near Colorado Springs has quickly become a dangerous threat to homes as it spreads across about 2,000 acres.

The Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs flared up around noon Saturday and grew out of control amid hot, dry and gusty conditions.

About 1,050 homes have been evacuated, and orders were in place on the west side of Colorado Springs and in the towns of Cascade, Ute Pass and Manitou Springs.

In some neighborhoods, Colorado Springs police cruisers rolled down streets, issuing the order to leave through a loudspeaker.

The fire is one of at least seven burning across Colorado as the state battles one of the most severe wildfire seasons in recent memory.


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