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Fire watchers: Colorado residents awed by Black Forest blaze

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Colorado Springs resident Yolette Baca takes a photo of the wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 12, 2013.

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Chris and Christine Walker watch the Black Forest Fire gain steam as it burns out of control for a second straight day near Colorado Springs on June 12, 2013. The Walkers live nearby and were under pre-evacuation orders.

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Marian Williams takes photos of the Black Forest Fire on June 11, 2013.

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Residents watch as the Black Forest Fire burns northeast of Colorado Springs on June 11, 2013.

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Black Forest Fire Dept. officers burn off natural ground fuel in an evacuated neighborhood, prepping the area for the encroachment of the wildfire on June 12, 2013.

Entire neighborhoods have been devoured by the flames that now threaten 2500 properties, driven by strong winds and dry brush. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.

Sheriff's officials released a preliminary list Wednesday showing the Black Forest Fire northeast of Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 92 homes and damaged five more. The fire was among several that surged rapidly Tuesday along Colorado's Front Range.

Fueled by hot temperatures, changing gusts and thick, bone-dry forests, the Black Forest Fire has prompted evacuation orders and pre-evacuation notices to between 9,000 and 9,500 people and to about 3,500 homes and businesses, sheriff's officials said. Read the full story.

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