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Wildfire burning at Air Force Academy

AIR FORCE ACADEMY ” A grass-fed wildfire burning on the grounds of the Air Force Academy quickly grew to 40 acres Wednesday, forcing a handful of evacuations and prompting authorities to call in air support.

The fire was burning near the southern boundary of the academy and was near the horse stables, an academy spokesman said. Portions of the stable area, both people and animals, were being evacuated.

The school asked people to avoid the area, but cadets and housing areas were not considered to be in danger. The academy is just north of Colorado Springs.

The fire was reported in a neighborhood south of the school at about 10:30 a.m. and had grown to 40 acres by noon, said Lt. Carl Lyman of the Colorado Springs Fire Department. El Paso County crews were also fighting the blaze and air crews had been called in to drop fire retardant, Lyman said.

The fire came within 30 yards of at least one home, Lyman said.

“When I got here I grabbed blankets and started dousing the fire,” resident Bill Renfrew told The Gazette newspaper. He lives a quarter-mile from the fire but arrived to try to help his neighbors.

On Tuesday, crews put out a blaze that burned 10 acres near Eagleview Middle School in the Colorado Springs area. It was started by a wayward rocket launched as part of a science class.

Southern Colorado has received just a third of the moisture it received last year and conditions are drier than they were in 2002, the worst wildfire season in state history.

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