First Person: Family Starts to Pack Up as Black Forest Fire Nears

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First Person: Family Starts to Pack Up as Black Forest Fire Nears
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Black Forest Fire as seen from the eastside of Colorado Springs on June 12, 2013.

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.

FIRST PERSON | COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Considering that not even a year ago we were evacuated for the Waldo Canyon fire, knowing that the Black Forest fire is threatening our city is rather scary.

My family is starting to pack up. The pre-evacuation notices are moving ever closer to our home. The air here is super hazy, to the point we cannot even see the nearby mountains at times. This makes breathing for everyone hard, especially for those with respiratory problems like my children.

The billowing cloud that rose from the northern part of Colorado Springs is visible from everywhere in town, leaving me to wonder if I will have my home threatened once again. The fire continues to move northwest but considering how erratic the wind is, the evacuation lines keep expanding leaving my family on the edge of our seats.

As the day goes on, the winds are picking up and the fire is steadily moving north now, threatening areas like Gleneagle and Monument. Now those residents are on a pre-evacuation status. Fire officials are having trouble predicting how this fire will continue to develop and if it will destroy anymore structures.

I donated several bags of food to a local food bank on Wednesday to help evacuees and fire personnel; the line of people waiting to donate was overwhelming. Our community really comes together in a time of need and helps everyone out.

The fire has destroyed nearly 400 homes as of Friday morning. More than 40,000 people have been displaced since the state's most destructive fire in history started on Tuesday.

Still, we're hoping and praying that these winds die down and we get some much needed rain to heal our beautiful state.

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