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Colo. town evacuated as growing wildfire nears


Colorado's governor says military help is being called in to help crews at a wildfire that has prompted thousands of residents near Colorado Springs to flee.

   Gov. John Hickenlooper said Saturday that two C-130 military transport planes from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs would assist Monday.

   At least 11,000 residents of Manitou Springs and other vacation towns nearby are evacuating. Thousands of tourists are leaving hotels, rental cabins and campgrounds.

   The fire has grown to more than 2,000 acres amid tinder dry conditions and gusty winds. The blaze remained zero percent contained by midday Sunday.

   Eight separate wildfires are burning across Colorado, which is seeing record-breaking heat.

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