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Colorado wildfire forces prison evacuation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A wildfire has forced the evacuation of more than 900 prisoners at a state prison southwest of Colorado Springs.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Adrienne Jacobson said Wednesday the prisoners from the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility were taken to other prisons around the Front Range overnight.

Jacobson says the prisoners were evacuated by bus, including 24 from an infirmary who were taken to a Denver facility to protect them from smoke.

Jacobson says the evacuation was a precaution because of the danger from one of four wildfires raging south of Denver. She says the fire has not reached the prison.