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The most destructive wildfire in Colorado history: By the numbers
Fires rage across Colorado for the third consecutive day
 
Yolette Baca, a Colorado Springs resident, takes a photo as smoke rises into the air from the Black Forest, June 12.
Yolette Baca, a Colorado Springs resident, takes a photo as smoke rises into the air from the Black Forest, June 12. Chris Schneider/Getty Images

There are multiple wildfires raging in Colorado right now. The worst of them, located northeast of Colorado Springs in the Black Forest area, has destroyed more buildings than any other fire in state history. Another near Royal Gorge Bridge and Park threatens the highest suspension bridge in the United States. Here is a look at the devastation by the numbers:

360
Homes destroyed so far by the Black Forest fire. El Paso County officials haven't been able to confirm the condition of 79 additional homes, meaning that number could rise significantly in the coming days. The previous record was 347 homes destroyed in 2012 by the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs.

38,000
People who have been forced to evacuate the Black Forest area. So far, no deaths or injuries have been reported, although one person who refused to evacuate is considered missing.

15,000
Acres consumed by the Black Forest fire since it started Tuesday. The cause of the fire isn't clear.

0
Percentage of the Black Forest fire that has currently been contained by firefighters.

35 mph
Wind speeds expected Thursday afternoon, with single-digit humidity and a high of 83 degrees. Weather forecasts predict a 10 percent chance of isolated showers sometime in the afternoon.

12
Air tankers dropping fire retardant over the fires throughout Colorado. That accounts for every single tanker currently contracted by the U.S. Forest Service, which has forced the agency to ask the Department of Defense if it can borrow several cargo planes.

$5.5 million
Funds authorized by Gov. John Hickenlooper to fight the Black Forest fire. The governor has also approved $4.5 million to contain the Royal Gorge fire and $150,000 to fight a smaller one Huerfano County, located in southern Colorado.

900
Prisoners evacuated from the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility due to the Royal Gorge fire.

30
Chickens, along with hundreds of horses and several cows, miniature horses, and alpacas, taking refuge in a country fairground northeast of the Black Forest area.

 
Keith Wagstaff is a staff writer at TheWeek.com covering politics and current events. He has previously written for such publications as TIME, Details, VICE, and the Village Voice.

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