Evacuation From Fast-Moving Fire

A wildfire burns close to a home in the New Harmony Heights area near St. George, Utah, Monday, June 27, 2005.
Authorities urged about 1,000 people to evacuate their homes Sunday ahead of a fast-moving wildfire fueled by tinder-dry brush in southern Colorado.

The 8,000-acre blaze — which quadrupled in size in 24 hours — was threatening 750 houses, outbuildings and other structures in the Beulah Valley, about 150 miles south of Denver.

Cars and trucks packed with clothes, food and personal belongings were parked along a stretch of rural highway as evacuated residents watched black smoke rise from the hillside.

"Three years ago during the drought, I pretty much made peace with the fact that we could lose it all," said Dave Van Manen, referring to devastating wildfires that engulfed parts of Colorado in 2002.

Spending his 29th wedding anniversary standing on the asphalt of Colorado 78, his car stuffed with business files and other items, Van Manen said he was fully aware he could lose his house and office.