BLACK FOREST, Colo. (NBCNC) - Firefighters continue to battle raging wildfires across parts of central Colorado.
The largest is near Colorado Springs where dozens of homes have been destroyed and thousands have been forced to evacuate.
The smoke can be seen all the way from Denver which is some 70-miles away.
Fueled by strong winds and hot temperatures the Black Forest Wildfire near Colorado Springs continues to burn out-of-control.
"This fire as you know spread very rapidly yesterday. It moved through areas very quickly and consumed a lot of land," said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa.
"When its that strong there is not much you can do to slow it down," Maketa said.
Already the fire-storm has destroyed nearly a hundred homes and buildings and forced the evacuation of more than six thousand residents..
"We have a 20-month old and this morning she asked to go home. Things like that are really hard," said evacuee Jaenette Coyne.
"You work your whole life to have your own little place on this globe. You find this place that's special too and then its gone," evacuee Bruce Buksar said.
Fighting to save the homes that are left, hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze on the ground and from the air.
C-130 cargo planes are being added to the air arsenal of helicopters and air-tankers already fighting from the skies.
Meanwhile, 65-miles to the south, a separate fire near the Royal Gorge Bridge forced officials to evacuate the popular tourist destination.
Two other wildfires are also burning in the surrounding areas.
That is stretching Colorado's firefighting crews and the worst may be yet to come.
"Winds are expected to pick up, we're gonna be in a red flag warning day today so what happens right now and what happened up to this point is probably gonna be pretty calm to what we can expect for the remainder of the day," said Maketa.
Officials are concerned that some residents are choosing to stay in their homes rather than evacuate.