The Waldo Canyon fire has now grown to 18,500 acres, officials said Wednesday night.
Mandatory evacuations had been expanded Wednesday to include Crystola (in El Paso and Teller counties) and the south and east sides of Woodland Park.
Fire officials said at an afternoon news briefing that wind was a big factor in fighting the blaze on Wednesday.
Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown said that on Wednesday, as was the case Tuesday, conditions are “erratic.”
He added: We “put out as many burning embers and hotspots as we can.”
Incident Commander Rich Harvey concurred. “I hate wind ... Wind is big factor in how we do this fire. It won’t stay in the same place. The winds keep shifting on us.”
He said fire managers are expecting thunderstorms as a cold front moves in from Denver.
A lot of people expressed concern because Wednesday’s weather mirrors Tuesday’s. Harvey said everyone saw firsthand how quickly the fire can move.
“We’re learning its tricks,” Harvey said of the fire’s propensity to make quick runs.
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