Thousands have been forced to flee massive wild fires in Colorado Springs over the past few days, including a rabbi and his family. Rabbi Moshe Liberow was given minutes to evacuate his house.

“I never dreamed that this fire would be anywhere near my house,” his wife Zelda told, a news Website.  “We knew it was getting close, but then, all of a sudden, the entire city was covered in smoke. It was 5:00 in the afternoon and everything was pitch black.”

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Some 26,000 people have left the area since fires began earlier this week. On Wednesday the couple and their children were looking for long-term accommodations near their evacuated home.