October 21, 2014
For a fifth day in a row, Colorado has seen triple-digit temperatures -- and that's making the task even more difficult for firefighters trying to contain the wildfires across the state.
In the northeastern Colorado town of Wray, the National Weather Service says, the temperature reached 108 degrees Tuesday.
And the scorching heat doesn't appear to be letting up soon.
A seven-square-mile fire west of Colorado Springs has been sending heavy smoke billowing over an upscale neighborhood. Firefighters are trying to keep it from burning houses and advancing toward the Air Force Academy. It's less than five miles from the southwest corner of the campus. The fire is five percent fcontained.
Two specially-equipped Air Force cargo planes have been helping fight the fire.
In northern Colorado, meanwhile, authorities have increased the number of homes destroyed by a 136-square-mile fire to 257 -- more than any other wildfire in state history. The blaze is 55 percent contained.
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