|Published:||Jun 12, 2013 11:42 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 12, 2013 11:42 PM EDT|
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Three Colorado wildfires fueled by hot temperatures, gusty winds and thick, bone-dry forests have together burned dozens of homes and led to the evacuation of thousands of residents and nearly 1,000 inmates at medium-security prison.
Sheriff's officials tallied 92 homes destroyed by a fire northeast of Colorado Springs in a list released Wednesday, with five more homes partially damaged.
Wildfires also were burning in New Mexico, Oregon and California, where a smokejumper was killed fighting one of dozens of lightning-sparked fires.
Crews were so busy battling wildfires across the West that the U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday it was mobilizing two Defense Department cargo planes to drop slurry on the blazes. Such action can't be taken unless all of the Forest Service's contracted tankers already are in use.