Wildfires Near Colorado Springs Burning Out Of Control (LOCAL REPORT)

One of Colorado’s newest wildfires is proving to be hard to contain. It has grown to more than 6 square miles since it erupted Saturday.

The fire near Colorado Springs prompted evacuation orders for 11,000 residents and an unknown number of tourists. Those orders were later lifted for the 5,000 residents of nearby Manitou Springs.

Colorado is having its worst wildfire season in a decade, with more than a half dozen forest fires burning across the dry terrain.

Some hotels and campgrounds are emptying out, a week ahead of the busy Fourth of July holiday.