Colo. Wildfire Victims Find 'Strength in the Lord'

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A powerful wildfire burning across Colorado has now destroyed at least 181 homes and 56,000 acres of land, sparking a fresh wave of evacuation orders for local residents.

Officials say this is the most destructive wildfire in state history.

Smoke from the blaze can be seen from space, and as of Monday, officials said the fire is only 45 percent contained.

Gusting winds are fueling the wildfire and making it unpredictable.

Some areas where people were allowed to go home are now being re-evacuated. But, many residents have already been out of their homes for more than a week. Others have no home left to return to.

"I am emotional about it, but it's like you have the kids to look out for, and trying to make it so that everything works out all right," said now homeless resident Mark Squibb.

"This is just what we've been dealt, and we get our strength from the Lord," resident Van Brewster added.

More than 1,600 firefighters are working on the blaze even after strong winds grounded aircrafts meant to help them.

On Sunday, crews were able to maintain most of the existing fire lines.

"We're prepared to deal with it with everything we have, with whatever the conditions are that we can do that safely," said U.S. Forest Service Incident Commander Bill Hahnenberg.

Despite the lost structures, firefighters have protected more than 500 residents.

"The boots on the ground, they're gonna win it. The air support is great, but it's those guys out there with the shovel, they're gonna win it," Colorado resident Justin Franz said.

The Red Cross is set up at the Colorado State University campus, providing fire evacuees with "disaster cleanup recovery kits" that include sifters, shovels, rakes, trash bags, and masks, along with other cleaning supplies.

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