Jun 24, 2012 6:30 PM by Greg Boyce

11,000 under evacuation orders

Nine aircraft are now fighting the fire just west of Colorado Springs.  This information comes from a briefing at four o'clock Sunday afternoon.  This includes three heavy tankers, four single engine tankers and two helicopters. 

There are also 450 firefighters on the ground and that number is growing.

A total of about 11,000 people are under evacuation orders from Manitou Springs, the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County.  Law enforcement asks people to leave when asked so officers don't have to spend valuable time enforcing evacuation orders.

Garden of the Gods Park, Cheyenne Canyon Park and Palmer Park are all closed.  The Pikes Peak Highway is also closed.



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