Colorado Springs Fire Enters City Limits

Threatens USA Cycling headquarters

Caty Enders

Thousands fled their homes in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Wednesday after the Waldo Canyon Fire doubled in size overnight, entering the city’s limits and destroying an unknown number of homes. Mandatory evacuation notices were issued to as many as 32,000 residents as the blaze consumed roughly 9,000 acres in a few hours Tuesday afternoon. The fire is threatening the offices of USA Cycling headquarters and staff have been evacuated. Residents attempting to leave Colorado Springs encountered heavy traffic and dangerously thick smoke. The fire started for unknown reasons on Saturday and has been fanned by 65-mph winds and high daytime temperatures.

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