ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Denver Broncos guard Ben Garland says his thoughts and prayers are with families near the Black Forest wildfire – including his own.

His grandparents Hal and Sharon Garland lost their home in the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs last summer. His grandparents recently moved into a new home in the Black Forest neighborhood near Colorado Springs, and now they’re seeing smoke from the Black Forest Fire billowing nearby.

Ben Garland said Wednesday his family is safe. He says it’s unbelievable they are so close to a devastating wildfire for a second straight summer.

Garland attended the Air Force Academy and still has friends in the Colorado Springs area who also are affected by the fire.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Wildfire Resources section.

– Read recent Wildfire stories.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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