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Homes burned near Colo. Springs could approach 100

  • A slurry bomber flies over homes as it prepares to drop fire retardant on the Black Forest Fire in northeast of Colorado Springs on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The fire consumed an estimated 7500 acres. It damaged 40-60 structures and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. As of Tuesday night the fire was reported as zero percent contained. (AP Photo/BryanOller)

    A slurry bomber flies over homes as it prepares to drop fire retardant on the Black Forest Fire in northeast of Colorado Springs on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The fire consumed an estimated 7500 acres. It damaged 40-60 structures and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. As of Tuesday night the fire was reported as zero percent contained. (AP Photo/BryanOller)

  • Two U.S. Army helicopters pass each other as they help fight a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. At least four major wildfires broke out along the front of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Tuesday, burning a handful of houses and chasing people from thousands of homes in hot, gusty weather. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    Two U.S. Army helicopters pass each other as they help fight a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. At least four major wildfires broke out along the front of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Tuesday, burning a handful of houses and chasing people from thousands of homes in hot, gusty weather. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  • Shad and Melisa Dohl watch as fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    Shad and Melisa Dohl watch as fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  • A U.S. Army helicopter drops a load of water on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. At least four major wildfires broke out along the front of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Tuesday, burning a handful of houses and chasing people from thousands of homes in hot, gusty weather. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    A U.S. Army helicopter drops a load of water on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. At least four major wildfires broke out along the front of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Tuesday, burning a handful of houses and chasing people from thousands of homes in hot, gusty weather. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  • Fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    Fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  •  Inmates from the Territorial Prison (Old Max) are moved early Wednesday, June 12, 2013 morning to the East Cañon Complex as a precautionary measure during the Royal Gorge Fire, which erupted Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Daily Record, Brandon Hopper)

    Inmates from the Territorial Prison (Old Max) are moved early Wednesday, June 12, 2013 morning to the East Cañon Complex as a precautionary measure during the Royal Gorge Fire, which erupted Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Daily Record, Brandon Hopper)

  • The Black Forest Fire burns northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 11, 2013, as nearby residents Amy O'Connor, left, and Nathalie Bartleson watch it creep toward the tree line. The fire consumed an estimated 7,500 acres, damaged 40-60 structures and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

    The Black Forest Fire burns northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 11, 2013, as nearby residents Amy O'Connor, left, and Nathalie Bartleson watch it creep toward the tree line. The fire consumed an estimated 7,500 acres, damaged 40-60 structures and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

  • Fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    Fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  • Residents watch as the Black Forest Fire burns northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The fire burned several homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

    Residents watch as the Black Forest Fire burns northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The fire burned several homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

  • A U.S. Army helicopter drops a load of water on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. At least four major wildfires broke out along the front of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Tuesday, burning a handful of houses and chasing people from thousands of homes in hot, gusty weather. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    A U.S. Army helicopter drops a load of water on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. At least four major wildfires broke out along the front of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Tuesday, burning a handful of houses and chasing people from thousands of homes in hot, gusty weather. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  • Fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    Fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  • El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Cukowski helps evacuee Linda Davies walk her livestock out from the evacuated area on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. A wildfire in a heavily wooded residential area northeast of Colorado Springs led to the mandatory evacuations of more than 1,000 homes, including some worth more than $1 million, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett)

    El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Cukowski helps evacuee Linda Davies walk her livestock out from the evacuated area on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. A wildfire in a heavily wooded residential area northeast of Colorado Springs led to the mandatory evacuations of more than 1,000 homes, including some worth more than $1 million, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett)

  • Smoke from the Black Forest fire billows north of downtown Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. A wildfire in the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs is burning homes, and another fire that led to the evacuation of Royal Gorge Bridge & Park has burned three structures. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

    Smoke from the Black Forest fire billows north of downtown Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. A wildfire in the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs is burning homes, and another fire that led to the evacuation of Royal Gorge Bridge & Park has burned three structures. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

  • A resident sprays water on the roof of his home along Black Forest Road Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013, near Colorado Springs, Colo  Minutes later the fire jumped the road to the south of his house.  The Black Forest Fire was one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT

    A resident sprays water on the roof of his home along Black Forest Road Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013, near Colorado Springs, Colo Minutes later the fire jumped the road to the south of his house. The Black Forest Fire was one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT

  • Bill Moreau watches as the Black Forest fire burns near his house near Black Forest Road Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013, near Colorado Springs, Colo.  The Black Forest Fire was one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT

    Bill Moreau watches as the Black Forest fire burns near his house near Black Forest Road Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013, near Colorado Springs, Colo. The Black Forest Fire was one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT

  • Dave Dunlap watches from the bed of his truck as a wildfire crosses Black Forest Road near his home Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Black Forest Fire was one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT

    Dave Dunlap watches from the bed of his truck as a wildfire crosses Black Forest Road near his home Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Black Forest Fire was one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT

  • A Chinook helicopter passes in front of clouds of smoke from the Black Forest fire burning northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes.  (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

    A Chinook helicopter passes in front of clouds of smoke from the Black Forest fire burning northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

  • Airmen with the 302nd Airlift Wing prepare a C-130 plane for installation of the Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) in preparation for fighting the Black Forest fire burning northeas of Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

    Airmen with the 302nd Airlift Wing prepare a C-130 plane for installation of the Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) in preparation for fighting the Black Forest fire burning northeas of Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, June 12, 2013. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

  • A Chinook helicopter passes in front of clouds of smoke from the Black Forest fire burning northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes.  (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

    A Chinook helicopter passes in front of clouds of smoke from the Black Forest fire burning northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

  • Tom Smith works to remove tree limbs to protect a friend's home from advancing flames Wednesday, June 12, 2013 near Burgess Road and Armonia Ranch Ct. in Black Forest northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

    Tom Smith works to remove tree limbs to protect a friend's home from advancing flames Wednesday, June 12, 2013 near Burgess Road and Armonia Ranch Ct. in Black Forest northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

  • Kari Crawford walks through smoke and charred trees as she works to protect her father's Black Forest home Wednesday, June 12, 2013 near Burgess Road and Armonia Ranch Ct. on the second day of the Black Forest fire burning northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo.  A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

    Kari Crawford walks through smoke and charred trees as she works to protect her father's Black Forest home Wednesday, June 12, 2013 near Burgess Road and Armonia Ranch Ct. on the second day of the Black Forest fire burning northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

  • El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa updates the media and Black Forest residents from the Pikes Peak Community College Rampart campus with the scar from last summer's Waldo Canyon Fire in the background Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo.  (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT

    El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa updates the media and Black Forest residents from the Pikes Peak Community College Rampart campus with the scar from last summer's Waldo Canyon Fire in the background Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT

  • People pulled to over watch from their cars as a fire-fighting slurry plane makes a pass in preparation to drop its load on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by the Black Forest fire could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    People pulled to over watch from their cars as a fire-fighting slurry plane makes a pass in preparation to drop its load on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by the Black Forest fire could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

  • A slurry bomber flies over homes as it prepares to drop fire retardant on the Black Forest Fire in northeast of Colorado Springs on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The fire consumed an estimated 7500 acres. It damaged 40-60 structures and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. As of Tuesday night the fire was reported as zero percent contained. (AP Photo/BryanOller)
  • Two U.S. Army helicopters pass each other as they help fight a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. At least four major wildfires broke out along the front of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Tuesday, burning a handful of houses and chasing people from thousands of homes in hot, gusty weather. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
  • Shad and Melisa Dohl watch as fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
  • A U.S. Army helicopter drops a load of water on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. At least four major wildfires broke out along the front of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Tuesday, burning a handful of houses and chasing people from thousands of homes in hot, gusty weather. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
  • Fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
  •  Inmates from the Territorial Prison (Old Max) are moved early Wednesday, June 12, 2013 morning to the East Cañon Complex as a precautionary measure during the Royal Gorge Fire, which erupted Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Daily Record, Brandon Hopper)
  • The Black Forest Fire burns northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 11, 2013, as nearby residents Amy O'Connor, left, and Nathalie Bartleson watch it creep toward the tree line. The fire consumed an estimated 7,500 acres, damaged 40-60 structures and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)
  • Fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
  • Residents watch as the Black Forest Fire burns northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The fire burned several homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)
  • A U.S. Army helicopter drops a load of water on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. At least four major wildfires broke out along the front of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Tuesday, burning a handful of houses and chasing people from thousands of homes in hot, gusty weather. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
  • Fire crowns in the trees on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
  • El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Cukowski helps evacuee Linda Davies walk her livestock out from the evacuated area on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. A wildfire in a heavily wooded residential area northeast of Colorado Springs led to the mandatory evacuations of more than 1,000 homes, including some worth more than $1 million, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett)
  • Smoke from the Black Forest fire billows north of downtown Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. A wildfire in the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs is burning homes, and another fire that led to the evacuation of Royal Gorge Bridge & Park has burned three structures. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT
  • A resident sprays water on the roof of his home along Black Forest Road Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013, near Colorado Springs, Colo  Minutes later the fire jumped the road to the south of his house.  The Black Forest Fire was one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT
  • Bill Moreau watches as the Black Forest fire burns near his house near Black Forest Road Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013, near Colorado Springs, Colo.  The Black Forest Fire was one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT
  • Dave Dunlap watches from the bed of his truck as a wildfire crosses Black Forest Road near his home Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Black Forest Fire was one of at least three significant wildfires burning in Colorado amid gusty winds and record-breaking hot, dry weather. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT
  • A Chinook helicopter passes in front of clouds of smoke from the Black Forest fire burning northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes.  (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT
  • Airmen with the 302nd Airlift Wing prepare a C-130 plane for installation of the Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) in preparation for fighting the Black Forest fire burning northeas of Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT
  • A Chinook helicopter passes in front of clouds of smoke from the Black Forest fire burning northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes.  (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT
  • Tom Smith works to remove tree limbs to protect a friend's home from advancing flames Wednesday, June 12, 2013 near Burgess Road and Armonia Ranch Ct. in Black Forest northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT
  • Kari Crawford walks through smoke and charred trees as she works to protect her father's Black Forest home Wednesday, June 12, 2013 near Burgess Road and Armonia Ranch Ct. on the second day of the Black Forest fire burning northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo.  A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT
  • El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa updates the media and Black Forest residents from the Pikes Peak Community College Rampart campus with the scar from last summer's Waldo Canyon Fire in the background Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo.  (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock) MAGS OUT
  • People pulled to over watch from their cars as a fire-fighting slurry plane makes a pass in preparation to drop its load on a wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by the Black Forest fire could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

A pair of Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized yesterday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes.

Authorities initially estimated between 40 and 60 houses burned in Black Forest, a heavily wooded residential area northeast of Colorado Springs. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said yesterday he believed about 80 have been lost, and said he wouldn’t be surprised if the figure reaches or tops 100.

Maketa said there were no reports of anyone missing in the fire. But he was concerned for those who chose to ignore evacuation orders and stay behind.

“One of my worst fears is that people took their chances and it may have cost them their life,” he said.

The fire was one of several that broke out along Colorado’s Front Range on Tuesday and quickly spread in high winds and record heat. It has burned about 12 square miles and forced the evacuation of more than 7,000 people in an area across 47 square miles. The area is not far from last summer’s devastating Waldo Canyon Fire that destroyed 346 homes and killed two.

“Everywhere you looked, you saw scattered fires, almost like there was a huge convention of campfires everywhere, and periodically you’d see trees just pop into a fireball,” Maketa said.

Wildfires were also burning in New Mexico, Oregon and California, where a smokejumper was killed fighting one of dozens of lightning-sparked fires. Luke Sheehy of Susanville, Calif., was killed by a falling tree in Modoc National Forest. The 28-year-old was a member of the Redding-based California Smokejumpers – firefighters who parachute into remote areas from airplanes.

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