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  • The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood in near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood in near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood in near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood in near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • Ryan Kent, 6, left, and Caden Manes, 8, watch as officials respond to the Waldo Canyon wildfire Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      Ryan Kent, 6, left, and Caden Manes, 8, watch as officials respond to the Waldo Canyon wildfire Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • A heavy tanker drops fire retardant while fighting the Flagstaff wildfire on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado.

      A heavy tanker drops fire retardant while fighting the Flagstaff wildfire on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado.
    Associated Press

  • An entire neighborhood burns near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      An entire neighborhood burns near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • A slurry bomber tries to create a barrier to keep the fire from spreading near, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 near Boulder, Colo.

      A slurry bomber tries to create a barrier to keep the fire from spreading near, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 near Boulder, Colo.

  • Incident Commander Rich Harvey uses a map as he talks about the Waldo Canyon wildfire during a briefing in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Authorities say it remains too dangerous for them to fully assess the damage from a destructive wildfire threatening Colorado's second-largest city.

      Incident Commander Rich Harvey uses a map as he talks about the Waldo Canyon wildfire during a briefing in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Authorities say it remains too dangerous for them to fully assess the damage from a destructive wildfire threatening Colorado's second-largest city.
    Associated Press

  • An entire neighborhood burns near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      An entire neighborhood burns near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • A heavy tanker drops fire retardant while fighting the Flagstaff wildfire on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Boulder, Colo.

      A heavy tanker drops fire retardant while fighting the Flagstaff wildfire on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Boulder, Colo.
    Associated Press

  • A helicopter tries to put out fire on the Waldo Canyon wildfire as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

      A helicopter tries to put out fire on the Waldo Canyon wildfire as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

  • Caden Manes, 8 watches as the Waldo Canyon wildfire explodes Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      Caden Manes, 8 watches as the Waldo Canyon wildfire explodes Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • A helicopter tries to put out fire on the Waldo Canyon wildfire as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

      A helicopter tries to put out fire on the Waldo Canyon wildfire as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

  • A plume of smoke from the Waldo Canyon wildfire rises behind homes west of Colorado Springs, Colo., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. A large number of homes were destroyed by the fire Tuesday night in subdivisions west of Colorado Springs.

      A plume of smoke from the Waldo Canyon wildfire rises behind homes west of Colorado Springs, Colo., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. A large number of homes were destroyed by the fire Tuesday night in subdivisions west of Colorado Springs.
    Associated Press

  • The Waldo Canyon fire burns homes near Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      The Waldo Canyon fire burns homes near Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • Houses in the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs, Colorado ignite due to the Waldo Canyon fire on Wednesday, June 26, 2012.

      Houses in the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs, Colorado ignite due to the Waldo Canyon fire on Wednesday, June 26, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • An entire neighborhood burns near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      An entire neighborhood burns near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • A traffic jam of cars fleeing the city heading north on Interstate 25 is enveloped by the orange haze of smoke, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      A traffic jam of cars fleeing the city heading north on Interstate 25 is enveloped by the orange haze of smoke, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • The Waldo Canyon wildfire continues to burn northwest of Manitou Springs, Colorado Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      The Waldo Canyon wildfire continues to burn northwest of Manitou Springs, Colorado Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • A helicopter returns to Glen Eyrie Reservoir to refill water tanks to fight the Waldo Canyon wildfire Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The Waldo Canyon fire spread to the north as afternoon winds spread embers into the air.

      A helicopter returns to Glen Eyrie Reservoir to refill water tanks to fight the Waldo Canyon wildfire Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The Waldo Canyon fire spread to the north as afternoon winds spread embers into the air.
    Associated Press

  • A plume of smoke rises behind homes on the Waldo Canyon wildfire west of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Authorities say it remains too dangerous for them to fully assess the damage from a destructive wildfire threatening Colorado's second-largest city.

      A plume of smoke rises behind homes on the Waldo Canyon wildfire west of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Authorities say it remains too dangerous for them to fully assess the damage from a destructive wildfire threatening Colorado's second-largest city.
    Associated Press

  • A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire along U.S. Highway 24 west between the Waldo Canyon Trailhead and Cascade, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire along U.S. Highway 24 west between the Waldo Canyon Trailhead and Cascade, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • A firefighting helicopter flies above the Flagstaff fire on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 west of Boulder, Colo. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      A firefighting helicopter flies above the Flagstaff fire on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 west of Boulder, Colo. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • Fire from the Waldo Canyon wildfire burns as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

      Fire from the Waldo Canyon wildfire burns as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • A C-130 makes a drop on the Waldo Canyon wildfire in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      A C-130 makes a drop on the Waldo Canyon wildfire in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • Lights from a fire truck streak across a burning hillside in a time exposure as the Dahl fire burns, south of Roundup, Mont., overnight Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

      Lights from a fire truck streak across a burning hillside in a time exposure as the Dahl fire burns, south of Roundup, Mont., overnight Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • Flames consume a tree along the north side of U.S. Highway 24 near the Waldo Canyon Trailhead between Cascade, Colo., and Manitou Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      Flames consume a tree along the north side of U.S. Highway 24 near the Waldo Canyon Trailhead between Cascade, Colo., and Manitou Springs, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • The Waldo Canyon fire invades the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      The Waldo Canyon fire invades the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • The Waldo Canyon wildfire continues to burn northwest of Manitou Springs, Colorado Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      The Waldo Canyon wildfire continues to burn northwest of Manitou Springs, Colorado Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • Flames and smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire surround a home as it races down into western portions of Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 leaving a trail of destruction and burning homes and buildings in it's path. Heavily populated areas in the fire's path have been affected.

      Flames and smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire surround a home as it races down into western portions of Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 leaving a trail of destruction and burning homes and buildings in it's path. Heavily populated areas in the fire's path have been affected.

  • The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood in near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood in near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • A wildfire burns near Flagstaff Road and Bison Drive, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 near Boulder, Colo. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      A wildfire burns near Flagstaff Road and Bison Drive, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 near Boulder, Colo. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood in near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood in near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • Fire from the Waldo Canyon wildfire burns as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

      Fire from the Waldo Canyon wildfire burns as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

  • The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood in near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood in near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • The Waldo Canyon fire engulfs a large structure as it made a run into Colorado Springs Tuesday night, June 26, 2012.

      The Waldo Canyon fire engulfs a large structure as it made a run into Colorado Springs Tuesday night, June 26, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • A fire crews works patiently to extinguish hay bales that were smoldering behind property lost to the Last Chance Fire at the intersection of Highway 71 and Highway 36 in Last Chance, Colo., Tuesday morning, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

      A fire crews works patiently to extinguish hay bales that were smoldering behind property lost to the Last Chance Fire at the intersection of Highway 71 and Highway 36 in Last Chance, Colo., Tuesday morning, June 26, 2012. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.
    Associated Press

  • Smoke rises behind homes on the Waldo Canyon wildfire west of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Authorities say it remains too dangerous for them to fully assess the damage from a destructive wildfire threatening Colorado's second-largest city.

      Smoke rises behind homes on the Waldo Canyon wildfire west of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Authorities say it remains too dangerous for them to fully assess the damage from a destructive wildfire threatening Colorado's second-largest city.
    Associated Press

 

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