Colorado Wildfires Force 32,000 To Evacuate Homes

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. (CBS) - Tens of thousands of people have been forced out of their homes by rapidly spreading wildfires in Colorado.

The fire have reached the outskirts of Colorado Springs, burning homes and forcing more than 32,000 people to clear out.  The Air Force Academy has also been cleared out as a precaution.

The fire is active, and isn't even remotely close to being contained.  Colorado's governor compared the battle to save homes and lives to a "military invasion."

"The whole country is behind us," said John Hickenlooper.  "This is tough, and we know it's going to be tough but we're not going to back away, we're not going to quit."

The Waldo Canyon Fire is just one of several massive wildfires burning across the state, and it's not even the largest one.  The largest of the wildfires in the state is the High Park wildfire. One woman was killed as it grew to over 136 square miles, destroying more than 250 homes.

Fire investigators say a lightning strike caused a blaze near Boulder.  Jill Iwaskwo owns one of the two dozen homes that's been evacauted there. Her home was specially designed for her respiratory problems, and she moved in just a week ago.

"Every day I say I should pack a bag and have it ready because I have medicine and oxygen and stuff that I need, and I didn't," said Iwaskwo.

Colorado has had super hot, dry weather this summer, helping the fires spread quickly.

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