Colo. Wildfire Burns 18,500 Acres

    An unidentifed woman looks on as smoke envelopes ridges as a wildfire rolls through housing subdivisions in the mountains north and west of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The fire has forced the evacuation of more than 32,000 residents of the communities west of and now in Colorado Springs proper. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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    A four-day long fire known as the Waldo Canyon fire spread to 18,500 acres late Wednesday, destroying 300 homes in its path outside Colorado Springs. One of nine major wildfires currently raging in the state, officials said the Waldo Canyon fire is about five percent contained. Fire officials say they do not know the exact cause of the blaze, and the FBI has joined the investigation. Around 32,000 people are out of their homes. The state’s wildfires has already cost and estimated $40 million—a number which does not include the cost of the Waldo Canyon fire. President Obama is scheduled to visit the region on Friday.

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