Obama Encourages Support for Wildfire Victims and Firefighters

President Barack Obama advocated for private support for victims and firefighters affected by the wildfires in Colorado, reports CNN.com

“For those of you who can provide some help, you should get on the online site of the American Red Cross,” Obama stated from Colorado Springs. “They’re very active in this community and you can make your contributions there. We’re going to continue to make sure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Forest Service, our military and National Guard and all the resources that we have available at the federal level are brought to bear in fighting this fire.”

As of Friday evening, the death toll had risen to two and nearly 350 homes were impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire, which continued to threaten approximately 20,000 more homes. Firefighters managed to reach 25% containment of the blaze, up from 15% on Thursday.

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as high winds — sometimes over 60 miles per hour — and heat sometimes in excess of 90 degrees hampered firefighter’s efforts.

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