New and quickly expanding fires in the state have tens of thousands of residents evacuating. The Waldo Canyon fire is burning just five miles from the southern corner of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The El Paso County Sheriff has sent out thirty two thousand mandatory evacuation notices including two thirds of Air Force Academy housing. The fire has grown to sixty two hundred acres and is now the highest priority fire in the country, due to its proximity to Colorado Springs. The Front Range has now endured a week of temperatures in the triple digits and humidity below ten percent which is drying out trees and grass, greatly increasing the fire danger. The High Park fire is still burning west of Fort Collins and has grown to more than eighty seven thousand acres, and has destroyed nearly two hundred sixty homes. Crews have sixty five percent contained. Another fire was sparked near Boulder this week, and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has sent twenty four hundred pre evacuation notices. That fire is being called the Flagstaff fire and is about three hundred acres. The Weber Fire near Mancos also grew yesterday, now reaching nine thousand acres and only twenty percent containment. It is within a half mile of Mancos, and the southern half of the town has been evacuated. The Little Sand fire burning near Pagosa Springs is now at twenty two thousand acres, but is not threatening any structures. Yesterday afternoon the Gunnison County Commissioners increased fire restrictions in unincorporated Gunnison County to Stage Two restrictions. Those completely ban campfires, even in enclosed fire rings. For information on how to help out victims of the fire click the link below, courtesy of the Denver Post.