Hundreds of homes in ashes and thousands fleeing for their lives while the most destructive wildfire ever to hit Colorado is raging out of control this morning.
– CNN Victor Blackwell reports
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As officials continue to fight the powerful flames still raging in Colorado, residents in the Black Forest area are starting the difficult task of rebuilding their lives. Karen and Bill Moreau evacuated their home Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning their home was still intact but by 5pm that afternoon they saw it burning on the local news.
This morning Karen and Bill Moreau join “Starting Point” from Colorado Springs.
Crews are battling five different fires across the state of Colorado this morning. Some 5,000 people living in an area threatened by the biggest of the fires have been told to leave their homes. That’s near Colorado Springs where the Black Forest Fire is burning right now.
Micki Trost, from the Colorado Office of Emergency Division of Fire Prevention Control, is live from Colorado Springs this morning with the latest developments and what to do if you live in an area prone to these situations. "Have your preparedness kits ready to go so that you can be out of your home for three days up to a week if something like this strikes," she says.
L.A. Times writer Catherine Saillant on covering California wildfires while simultaneously evacuating her home.
At least seventy large wildfires are burning across thirteen states this morning in the western United States.
These fires have already consumed 1.3 million acres and have burned more than sixty homes, with dozens more in the danger zone.
California is currently fighting thirteen wildfires and officials have called in the Marines to help the state's 8,000 firefighters beat back the flames.
Chief Ken Pimlott is the director of California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and he joins Soledad on Starting Point this morning to explain the state's strategy in containing the fires.
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