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A long road: Looking back, looking forward one year after the Waldo Canyon fire

By: The Gazette
June 23, 2013 Updated: June 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm
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photo - Homes burned as the Waldo Canyon fire moved through a portion of Mountain Shadows on June 26. Photo by JERILEE BENNETT/The Gazette
Homes burned as the Waldo Canyon fire moved through a portion of Mountain Shadows on June 26. Photo by JERILEE BENNETT/The Gazette  

A plume of smoke on June 23, 2012, that became a raging firestorm forever changed the Pikes Peak region.

The first 96 hours of the Waldo Canyon fire, though, were merely a blip on the fire timeline, an introduction to a story that will shape the region for decades to come.

And in a community that has come one year later to know that a wildfire is not a once-in-a-lifetime disaster, the lessons learned from the veterans of the Waldo Canyon fire are ones to remember.

Here is a look back and forward on the one-year mark of the Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 18,247 acres, destroyed 347 homes and left two people dead:

 - INTERACTIVE: Day-by-day timeline, flyover of the fire

- SCRAPBOOK: Readers share their memories

- ONGOING COVERAGE: More coverage of the one-year anniversary of the Waldo Canyon fire, along with archive photos and stories

- Residents, historians grapple with two historic fires within year

- Waldo Canyon fire inspires changes to training, equipment

- Waldo Canyon fire fed off hot days, drought-ravaged forest

- Flying W Ranch, Glen Eyrie take different paths after the fire

- Forest regrows after fire, but pines take years to mature

- Wildfire mitigation efforts in full swing throughout Colorado Springs

 - Foothils remain desirable part of town despite fire

- Many claims from the Waldo Ccanyon fire still aren't finalized

 - Changes after Waldo Canyon fire speed up aerial response to other fires

- Residents trying to recover their lives one year later

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