Wildfire devours structures in Colorado Springs; kills one

3:13 AM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
Colorado wildfire. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (AP) - Authorities in central Utah have found a woman dead in an evacuated wildfire area, marking the first casualty in a blaze that consumed at least two dozen homes and appears to be taking a turn for the worse.

Throughout the interior West, firefighters are also fighting searing, record-setting heat as they struggle to contain blazes in Colorado, Utah and other Rocky Mountain states.

More than 2,100 residents have been ordered evacuated from the Air Force Academy's grounds as heavy smoke billows from a nearby wildfire that has burned an unknown number of homes near Colorado Springs.

An area of the campus that houses cadets wasn't immediately evacuated and a new class of cadets is still scheduled to report tomorrow.

El Paso County sheriff's officials have ordered an estimated 32,000 people to leave.

At the 136-square-mile High Park fire in northern Colorado, nearly 260 homes have burned.

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