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LDS Church releases statement about Colorado wildfires

Published: Sunday, July 5 2015 12:10 a.m. MDT

Black Forest Fire Dept. officers burn off natural ground fuel in an evacuated neighborhood, prepping the area for the encroachment of the wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by the Black Forest fire could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.  (Brennan Linsley, Associated Press) Black Forest Fire Dept. officers burn off natural ground fuel in an evacuated neighborhood, prepping the area for the encroachment of the wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The number of houses destroyed by the Black Forest fire could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died. (Brennan Linsley, Associated Press)

COLORADO SPRING, Colo. — With wildfires raging near Colorado Spring, Colo., relief organizations are stepping forward to aid in controlling the flames and assisting those affected by the fires.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesperson Dale Jones released a statement about the church’s involvement.

“Local leaders are working closely with civil authorities and other local organizations to provide assistance to those affected by the fires,” Jones said. “The church is in regular contact with state and local officials to monitor the situation. All missionaries are safe and accounted for.”

The fires — Black Forest, Royal Gorge and Big Meadows — have killed two persons and destroyed 360 homes, according to NBC News. Tens of thousands have been asked to evacuate their houses, according to CBS News.

Trees smolder in the midst of the Black Forest Fire on June 13, 2013.   (The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson, Associated Press) Trees smolder in the midst of the Black Forest Fire on June 13, 2013. (The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson, Associated Press)

Abby Stevens is an intern for the DeseretNews.com Faith and Family sections. She is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University–Idaho. Contact Abby at astevens@deseretdigital.com.

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