High Winds in Colorado Springs

in colorado springs, winds are toppling trees like this one on the university of colorado springs campus. meteorologist lauren whitney is monitoring the situation in colorado’s weather center. but we start with kelly worthman at the scene of the fire in arvada, holding onto her hat there. >> reporter: the winds are definitely the big story here. this entire neighborhood was evacuated earlier this morning because of that fire. everyone is back safe in their homes except the family that lives in this home, this duplex here. you can see it was completely destroyed by the fire. but the fire started in the neighboring duplex, as you can see there. it was these intense winds that caused the fire to jump over to neighboring homes. as you can see, the flames were really intense. you can see how the winds really pushed those flames all around. crews arrived and began evacuating neighbors. as you can imagine, it was a very difficult fight. >> we really had to attack it in between the homes to be sure it wasn’t spreading. at a certain point you have to be sure it’s not hopping and spreading anymore. >> reporter: thankfully no residents were hurt during this fire, but we are told one firefighter does have minor injuries. he’s since been treated and is back home and said to be okay. as for the cause of the fire, it’s still under investigation. this could take quite a bit of time here. it was structurally unsafe for firefighters to be there so it will take some time for that investigation to get underway. >> we can hear the roar of the wind barreling through the area there. thank you very much for that. >>> colorado springs is getting hit hard by the winds as well. c-dot has restricted travel for high profile vehicles in el paso county because of those winds. they also toppled a semi on i- 25 this morning and winds are blamed for a blown transformer. the colorado springs fire department shared that video with us. neighbors came to the rescue when two huge pine trees fell over. and the cheyenne mountain zoo is closed because of the winds. …