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