COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Several neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, Colorado, are under mandatory evacuation orders after a fire erupted on Thursday afternoon forcing residents from their homes and closing the region's airport.
The brush fire was one around a half dozen that blazes that started during the critical fire weather day in the Golden State.
Firefighters have not stated how many acres have burned but warned areas around the Colorado Spring's airport to evacuate because of the proximity to the flames.
A shelter was set up for dozens of evacuees at an area church.
An increased threat of fires is expected to continue at least through the summer, with little to no drought relief for large parts of the western U.S.