Air Force Academy officials are evacuating some homes on school grounds as heavy smoke billows from a wildfire north of Colorado Springs.
The part of the academy housing cadets wasn't immediately evacuated. A new class of cadets is scheduled to report on Thursday.
A fire official said earlier Tuesday that the blaze was less than 5 miles from the southwest corner of the academy's campus.
Meanwhile, authorities in central Utah found one woman dead Tuesday when they returned to an evacuated area. It marks the first casualty in a blaze that consumed at least two dozen homes and appears to be taking a turn for the worst.
Throughout the interior West, firefighters toiled in searing, record-setting 100 degree heat as they struggled to contain blazes in Colorado, Utah and other Rocky Mountain states.
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