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Colorado Springs resident Yolette Baca takes a photo of the wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday. The number of houses destroyed by the Black Forest fire could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it’s possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.

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Homes burned could approach 100

A pair of U.S. Defense Department cargo planes was mobilized Wednesday to help battle wildfires in Colorado and elsewhere in the West as crews surveyed the damage from a large blaze burning near Colorado Springs that already has destroyed dozens of homes.

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