Jun 29, 2012 09:50 AM EDT
The super fire continues to rage near the Colorado Springs, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate their homes. The Google Crisis Map of 2012 Wildfires map marks the US Active Fire Perimeters and pinpoints where the US Red Cross Shelter System has been set up.
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The fire, dubbed the "super fire", continues to spread at a rapid speed up to 60 mph. The flames are so hot the firefighters cannot get close to the fire.
So far, over 32,000 people have evacuated, with the number increasing. The fire has consumed over 15,000 acres. The national devastation prompts US President Barrack Obama to visit the area. He declared the fire a major disaster Thursday evening, making federal funding available in Colorado Springs' El Paso County and Larimer County.
A Waldo Canyon Wildfire Tracker "app" has been created to provide messages and photos about the fire. Although not actually an app, it is a web page that tracks keywords on Twitter, providing information on the fire.
The Colorado wildfire has become the most destructive fire in state history, destroying over 346 homes. At least one person has been reported dead due to the devastation. One person has been found dead in a home where two people had been reported missing, according to Fox News.
The City of Colorado Springs released a Waldo Canyon fire evacuation map on Thursday urging residents of the most threatening areas not to return to their homes.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents of the following Colorado Springs areas: Cedar Heights, West of 30th Street from Gateway Road to Centennial, Pinon Valley, Mountain Shadows, Perregrine and Rockrimmon (northwest of Woodmen Rd./Rockrimmon Blvd. and Vindicator).
Only 15 percent of the Waldo Canyon Fire had been contained as of Thursday evening as downslope winds and rain helped firefighters to overcome the blaze.
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