Editor's note: Yahoo News is publishing residents' accounts of the wildfires burning in Colorado this week. Here are photos and dispatches from one resident.
COLORADO SPRING, Colo. -- One year from the start of the Waldo Canyon Fire, Coloradans are suffering from yet another enormous wildfire. The fire was reported on Tuesday at approximately 1:30 p.m. and appears to have started near the 12600 block of Peregrine Way in Black Forest. According to the update at 10 p.m. last night, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa estimates that nearly 8,000 acres have already been consumed, 40 to 60 structures damaged and there is currently zero containment. Requests for first-level response have been sent out and will be in effect this afternoon. There are hundreds of firefighters on the ground.
The next update was scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning and will shed some light on how rapidly this fire may be growing. See this evacuation map to determine whether your home is under pre-evacuation, and if you should be packing your important belongings and preparing to leave.
Emergency shelters are currently located at Palmer Ridge High School, New Life Church and the Elbert County Fairgrounds. Families that need a place to stay are welcome at these locations. It is advised to keep an eye on the weather and updated evacuation maps as the direction of this fire can change at any moment.
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