Wildfire displaces thousands near Colorado Springs

 Tuesday, June 26, 2012

 Reuters

A wildfire roaring virtually unchecked near some of Colorado’s most visited tourist sites kept some 4,800 people out of their homes on Tuesday on the outskirts of the state’s second-most populous city, authorities said. The so-called Waldo Canyon fire sent a mushroom cloud of smoke nearly 20,000 feet into the air over Colorado Springs near the foot of Pikes Peak, whose breathtaking vistas from the summit helped inspire the song "America the Beautiful".
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