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Wildfire Evacuees Mostly Staying With Friends

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The Red Cross opened a fifth shelter in Colorado Springs to accommodate a new round of evacuees from the Waldo Canyon Fire Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Patricia Billinger says about 300 people stayed at the four Colorado Springs-area shelters Tuesday night.

Billinger says some evacuees book hotel rooms, which their insurance companies may cover.

Many hotels in Colorado Springs and Denver are booked for Wednesday night, but it’s not clear how many of those guests are evacuees.

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