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SUNRISE: Wildfire Near Guffey Forces About 100 People From Homes

June 27, 2008

By The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jun. 27–Roughly 100 people were forced from their homes Thursday night because of a wildfire burning east of Guffey, according to the Associate Press. Park County sheriff’s officials say the wlldfire had burned as many as 400 acres and was threatening several structures.

Officials say the fire was started by lightning Thursday afternoon east of Guffey. That’s about 70 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.

Air tankers were helping battle the blaze, along with 100 firefighters.

A shelter was set up at the local school in Guffey and livestock were taken to the Teller County Fairgrounds.

Firefighters were also battling a fire burning 15 acres near Idaho Springs north of Echo Lake.

TIRES SLASHED AT APARTMENT COMPLEX: Twenty-five people had to change a tire before they could head out today.

According to Colorado Springs Police, someone slashed one tire each on 25 vehicles in the parking lot of the Greentree Village Apartment Complex, near North Carefree Circle and North Academy Boulevard, overnight.

A male suspect was seen by witnesses leaving the scene on a small white motorcycle or scooter, police say.

CHANCE OF RAIN: The theme this weekend is a 20 percent chance of rain. It starts this afternoon with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Some of the storms could be severe. High temperatures should reach 89 degrees.

Saturday’s skies are forecast to be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. The expected high will be cooler, reaching only 77 degrees.

On Sunday? You guessed it. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High temperatures should hit 79 degrees.

HAPPENINGS:

–Colorado Springs coin show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Phil Long Expo Center, 1515 Auto Mall Loop, free admission.

–”Going on a Nature Hunt” children’s summer reading program, 10:30 a.m., Rockrimmon Branch Library, 832 Village Center Drive, free.

–”The Moon Ate My Room” children’s summer reading program, 10:30 a.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free.

–Free showing of “Nancy Drew,” 11 a.m., Fountain Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain.

–Summer music festival music at midday, 12:15 p.m., Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

–First and Main Fourth Annual Free Summer Concert Series featuring Tribe, 5-7 p.m., park in front of Cinemark Theater, 3305 Cinema Point.

–”Dance till You Drop!”: teen summer reading program, 5:30-9 p.m., Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument.

–Black Rose Acoustic Society open stage headlined by Bruce Hayes, 7 p.m., Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, Black Forest, $3-$5.

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