(GREELEY GAZETTE) “OH DEAR GOD.... this is terrifying.”
That short post on Twitter captured the fear and horror that engulfed Colorado Springs on Tuesday as the erratic, fast-moving Waldo Canyon fire leapt into the western edges of the city, destroyed dozens of homes in Mountain Shadows — including the historic Flying W Ranch — and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in the northwest quadrant of the city.
“This is a firestorm of epic proportions,” Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown said during an evening news conference.
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As flames shot up on the eastern face of the mountains, people ran to office building windows, pulled their cars to the side of the road and stopped on sidewalks to absorb the tragedy unfolding before them. Twitter was flooded with expressions of sadness and terror. Cellphone lines were overwhelmed.