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 SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Black Forest Fire has erupted on the north side of Colorado Springs, a community that dealt with the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire last summer.
The fire has destroyed some buildings, but El Paso County officials have not reported an exact number. About 5,400 residents have been evacuated from 2,000 homes. The fire, scattered across the Black Forest area, consumed a number of homes and sent a smoke plume soaring into the sky.
By Wednesday morning, the fire had grown to about 8,000 acres, the El Paso County sheriff's department said.
According to the county, mandatory evacuations include north to Hodgen Road, east to Eastonville Road, south to Burgess Road and Rex Road. Areas that are on standby for evacuation are, according to the county: all immediate areas just south and east of the mandatory evacuation areas, and Milam east to Highway 24, and Stapleton north to Guy Ranch.
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