The Waldo Canyon fire has been burning since Friday. As of 9:00 p.m. MST on June 26, 32,000 people and counting have been evacuated from their homes. Close to 5,000 acres have burned so far, including at least 20 homes, and the fire is only 5 percent contained. One longtime local landmark, the Flying W Ranch, has burned to the ground, and others are threatened. The weather in town is hitting the triple digits, there’s wind blowing up to 35 mph, and everything is bone-dry with little chance of rain. Because of the size, multi-directional spreading, and number of people and buildings endangered, the U.S. Forest Service reports that this is the No. 1 priority fire in the nation.
UPDATE: The fire grew exponentially overnight and has now burned more than 15,000 acres.