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Colorado wildfires

Houses in the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs, Colorado ignite due to the Waldo Canyon fire on Wednesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett)
Flames from the Waldo Canyon Fire cause the western side of Colorado Springs, Colo. to glow as several structures burn on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. A stubborn and towering wildfire jumped perimeter lines in the hills overlooking Colorado Springs, forcing frantic mandatory evacuation notices for more than 9,000 residents.   (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)
People flee the Waldo Canyon Fire with little time to spare as the fire burns through neighborhoods west of Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The blaze left a trail of destruction, burning homes and buildings in it's path. Heavily populated areas in the fire's path have been affected. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)
Karen Bodine, center, and her husband, Greg Bodine, right, help her father, Duane Schormann, load his animals into the trailer Sunday, June 24, 2012, as the Waldo Canyon Fire burns toward Cascade, Colorado, and the family home she grew up in. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
A slurry plane flies through the dark smoke west of Manitou Springs, Colorado, Sunday, June 24, 2012, as the Waldo Canyon Fire grows on the second day. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
(top) A tanker drops fire retardant while fighting the Flagstaff wildfire on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Boulder Colorado. (AP Photo/Jeremy Papasso, Daily Camera)

(bottom) (AP Photo/The Gazette, Mark Reis)
Homes are destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire in the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.  A stubborn and towering wildfire jumped firefighters� perimeter lines in the hills overlooking Colorado Springs, forcing frantic mandatory evacuation notices for more than 9,000 residents. (AP Photo/The Gazette,Jerilee Bennett)
People watch from Mesa Road as a wildfire continues to burn west of Colorado Springs, Colo. on Sunday, June 24, 2012. The fire erupted Saturday and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles early Sunday, prompting the evacuation of more than 11,000 residents and an unknown number of tourists. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Susannah Kay)
A flare-up from the Waldo Canyon Fire burns on a ridge west of Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday night, June 25, 2012. (AP PHOTO/THE GAZETTE,MARK REIS)
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. (AP Photo/Gaylon Wampler)
A deer jumps through a fence along U.S. Highway 24 while escaping the Waldo Canyon Fire Sunday, June 24, 2012. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
The Waldo Canyon fire burns in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
The Waldo Canyon fire burns northwest of Manitou Springs, Colorado, Sunday, June 24, 2012. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
Christina Morris watches the fire from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, go up in flames on Sunday afternoon, June 24, 2012. Morris has not yet been evacuated, but went to the store to stock up on supplies. (Jerilee Bennett/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
Ben Jourdan from the El Pomar Foundation stacks donated water for the firefighters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday, June 24, 2012. (Jerilee Bennett/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
El Paso County Sheriff's Department wild land fire fighters George Bennett, right, and Connor Barkley stand watch near Cascade, Colorado, as the Waldo Canyon fire burns Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
The sun sets over the Waldo Canyon Fire, June 24, 2012 as seen from Lower Gold Camp Road in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Susannah Kay/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
Every firefighter available in the city was called in to fight the fire.

(TOP) (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)
(BOTTOM) (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Houses in the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs, Colorado ignite due to the Waldo Canyon fire on Wednesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett) -
Flames from the Waldo Canyon Fire cause the western side of Colorado Springs, Colo. to glow as several structures burn on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. A stubborn and towering wildfire jumped perimeter lines in the hills overlooking Colorado Springs, forcing frantic mandatory evacuation notices for more than 9,000 residents. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller) -
People flee the Waldo Canyon Fire with little time to spare as the fire burns through neighborhoods west of Colorado Springs, Colo. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The blaze left a trail of destruction, burning homes and buildings in it's path. Heavily populated areas in the fire's path have been affected. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller) -
Karen Bodine, center, and her husband, Greg Bodine, right, help her father, Duane Schormann, load his animals into the trailer Sunday, June 24, 2012, as the Waldo Canyon Fire burns toward Cascade, Colorado, and the family home she grew up in. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT) -
A slurry plane flies through the dark smoke west of Manitou Springs, Colorado, Sunday, June 24, 2012, as the Waldo Canyon Fire grows on the second day. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT) -
(top) A tanker drops fire retardant while fighting the Flagstaff wildfire on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Boulder Colorado. (AP Photo/Jeremy Papasso, Daily Camera) (bottom) (AP Photo/The Gazette, Mark Reis) -
Homes are destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire in the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. A stubborn and towering wildfire jumped firefighters� perimeter lines in the hills overlooking Colorado Springs, forcing frantic mandatory evacuation notices for more than 9,000 residents. (AP Photo/The Gazette,Jerilee Bennett) - CP
People watch from Mesa Road as a wildfire continues to burn west of Colorado Springs, Colo. on Sunday, June 24, 2012. The fire erupted Saturday and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles early Sunday, prompting the evacuation of more than 11,000 residents and an unknown number of tourists. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Susannah Kay) -
A flare-up from the Waldo Canyon Fire burns on a ridge west of Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday night, June 25, 2012. (AP PHOTO/THE GAZETTE,MARK REIS) -
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. (AP Photo/Gaylon Wampler) -
A deer jumps through a fence along U.S. Highway 24 while escaping the Waldo Canyon Fire Sunday, June 24, 2012. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT) -
The Waldo Canyon fire burns in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT) -
The Waldo Canyon fire burns northwest of Manitou Springs, Colorado, Sunday, June 24, 2012. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT) -
Christina Morris watches the fire from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, go up in flames on Sunday afternoon, June 24, 2012. Morris has not yet been evacuated, but went to the store to stock up on supplies. (Jerilee Bennett/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT) -
Ben Jourdan from the El Pomar Foundation stacks donated water for the firefighters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday, June 24, 2012. (Jerilee Bennett/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT) -
El Paso County Sheriff's Department wild land fire fighters George Bennett, right, and Connor Barkley stand watch near Cascade, Colorado, as the Waldo Canyon fire burns Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT) -
The sun sets over the Waldo Canyon Fire, June 24, 2012 as seen from Lower Gold Camp Road in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Susannah Kay/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT) -
Every firefighter available in the city was called in to fight the fire. (TOP) (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT) (BOTTOM) (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock) -

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