Colorado Springs, Colo., Jun 13, 2013 / 14:48 pm
A massive forest fire in Colorado Springs has destroyed more homes than any previous fire in the state, prompting the local Catholic Charities head to ask for prayers for the victims and for an end to the blaze.
"Prayers are really going to be our greatest resource here," said Mark Rohlena, president of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, on June 13. "We had a tough day today."
In the three days since it began, the Black Forest Fire has completely destroyed at least 360 homes and has burned 15,000 acres of forest in a region north of Colorado Springs. At least 38,000 people from 13,000 homes near the fire have been evacuated, the Denver Post reports. Parts of Colorado Springs are now under mandatory evacuation orders.
The fire is already larger than last year's Waldo Canyon Fire devastated the area. So far, the fire is not contained.