Homes burned near Colorado Springs could approach 100
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado sheriff says he's worried about people who chose to ignore evacuation orders, and stayed behind as a wildfire destroyed dozens of houses northeast of Colorado Springs.
The sheriff says he's afraid that "people took their chances and it may have cost them their life."
The fire has been spreading quickly in high winds and record heat. And the sheriff says gusty winds later today could cause it to spread unpredictably.
The number of houses destroyed could grow to around 100. Authorities initially estimated that between 40 and 60 houses were destroyed, but they are still surveying the damage.