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#BlackForestFire consumes 400 acres, several homes in Colorado

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Colorado residents driven from their homes by wildfires last summer are again turning to Twitter for the latest information on several wildfires closing in on residential areas. The largest is the Black Forest fire, which KRDO is reporting has consumed 400 acres so far and is spreading quickly.

http://twitter.com/#!/KRDONewsRadio/status/344605177296343040

Savvy Twitter users are coordinating hashtags and timestamps to track alerts and evacuation orders in real-time, as well as to relieve the stress on phone lines.

http://twitter.com/#!/michellemalkin/status/344586058916298753
http://twitter.com/#!/Jack4Ward/status/344576703521247234

A giant smoke plume is visible for miles.

http://twitter.com/#!/DenverChannel/status/344572223677415426
http://twitter.com/#!/JasonDotson/status/344602033774534658
http://twitter.com/#!/CodyCrouch/status/344590462214107136
http://twitter.com/#!/BrandonRittiman/status/344600303653494786
http://twitter.com/#!/shelldd/status/344581352793985025
http://twitter.com/#!/feliciahekman/status/344605883466121217
http://twitter.com/#!/fuelingtactics/status/344607941636263939
http://twitter.com/#!/AsaDyer/status/344606568978976768

http://twitter.com/#!/pastorbruin/status/344608193298698240

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Update:

The Big Meadows fire, which was started by a lightning strike Monday afternoon in Rocky Mountain National Park, has grown to around 100 acres.

http://twitter.com/#!/nickmcgurk/status/344592891668205568
http://twitter.com/#!/coloradoan/status/344595747213295617

The #KlikusFire hashtag has joined the other three, and unlike the Big Meadows fire, it does pose a threat to nearby residents.

http://twitter.com/#!/denverpost/status/344616723024060417

This panorama shows smoke from both the Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires.

http://twitter.com/#!/13jennaleigh/status/344594264837193728
http://twitter.com/#!/IMSalArmy/status/344622252526022656

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Update, 9:30 p.m.:

Authorities say that more than 2,500 homes have been evacuated because of the Black Forest fire, but there is no report of fatalities, nor an estimate of how many homes have been burned.

http://twitter.com/#!/FOX21News/status/344620887384936448
http://twitter.com/#!/FOX21News/status/344594475772944384
http://twitter.com/#!/scsachse/status/344628099503230976
http://twitter.com/#!/JacquiHeinrich/status/344625741893353474
http://twitter.com/#!/GOPrincess/status/344627085664468993
http://twitter.com/#!/FOX21News/status/344632014693097474
http://twitter.com/#!/michellemalkin/status/344643904798339072

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Update:

KRDO’s Heather Skold is reporting just before 1 a.m. Eastern that there are no reports of injuries, but the fire has spread dramatically and more than 5,000 have been displaced.

http://twitter.com/#!/HeatherSkold13/status/344678613326635009
http://twitter.com/#!/HeatherSkold13/status/344676932031488000

Update 1:47am Eastern:

The fire has jumped Meridian Road.

http://twitter.com/#!/csgazette/status/344674852818522113
http://twitter.com/#!/OutdoorsinCO/status/344671590149136385

More pre-evac orders and evac orders have gone out.

http://twitter.com/#!/JakobRodgers/status/344676376584019968
http://twitter.com/#!/JakobRodgers/status/344676714825269249

Gov. Hickenlooper appeared before TV cameras to deliver these words of wisdom.

http://twitter.com/#!/ValCBS4/status/344673236468002816
http://twitter.com/#!/EPCSheriff/status/344682928023953408

Power has been turned off in  affected areas.

http://twitter.com/#!/Dougherty7NEWS/status/344684089720315905
http://twitter.com/#!/rnrcoffeecafe/status/344666930625540097

New numbers on homes lost:

http://twitter.com/#!/tomcbs4/status/344685315103006720

Update, Tuesday 6/12/13:

The #BlackForestFire is still at 0% containment.

http://twitter.com/#!/EPCSheriff/status/344832797292240897
http://twitter.com/#!/EPCSheriff/status/344833474705899520
http://twitter.com/#!/EPCSheriff/status/344835227480379392
http://twitter.com/#!/HeatherSkold13/status/344840558570770432

Related:

#RoyalGorgeFire: 3,800 acres destroyed, Royal Gorge bridge threatened, but ‘intact’ [photos, video]

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/06/11/blackforestfire-consumes-400-acres-several-homes-in-colorado-pics-video/



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