Coloradans flee as wildfires destroy homes, kill 2
The Black Forest fire -- dubbed the most destructive in Colorado history -- burns Thursday in Black Forest, Colorado.
June 14th, 2013
10:09 AM ET

Coloradans flee as wildfires destroy homes, kill 2

The forecast Friday provides little hope for firefighters trying to make headway against a raging wildfire northeast of Colorado Springs.

The high temperatures and blustery winds will be back, along with little chance for meaningful rain. The weather is expected to cool some over the weekend, with calmer winds, but no significant showers.

The Black Forest Fire has been dubbed the most destructive in state history after it scorched close to 16,000 acres, destroyed 379 homes and claimed at least two lives by Thursday evening.

Witnesses spoke to the two victims in the afternoon as the flames approached, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said.

"They said that they could see a glow to the west," he said. "They were packing their personal belongings, trying to get out."

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  1. bambi

    And what about the wild life?

    June 14, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    The worst fire in Colorado history, devastation is numbing. No news though on the wildlife@bambi.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    blocked here too

    June 14, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I hope further loss of life is avoided. Stay safe, Colorado.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    Yay. A new story. Nice to see you all back.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Nice to see you, too, BOMBO.

      June 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I always have concerns for Philip Douglas when trouble strikes Colorado. May he and his loved ones be safe.

    June 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    nah, why didj'all deleted me?...that was a valid comment...!

    June 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      people do run for their live...and Bar-Bee-Q isssah coming!

      diddit ever occur to anyone that if all that fire roll up on any cattle you got grilled hamburgers...deer meat in cooked well-done with hickory, oak, or maple flavor???

      June 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chucky

    Mmmm maple

    June 15, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. NYC Fitness Events

    I hate hearing stories like these, so terrifyingly devastating.

    January 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |