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Waldo Canyon fire: Memorable images from 2012

Five years after the Waldo Canyon Fire, the Gazette looks back at images from the days during and after the fire. Gazette photos

WESTERN WILDFIRES
Clint Cooper photographs the Waldo Fire burning west of Colorado Springs, Colo. from a rock outcropping on Pikes Peak Saturday, June 23, 2012. AP PHOTO/THE GAZETTE/MARK REIS

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WESTERN WILDFIRES
A slurry bomber drops retardant on flames from the Waldo Fire on a ridge top west of Colorado Spring, Colo. Saturday, June 23, 2012. AP PHOTO/THE GAZETTE/MARK REIS

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A slurry bomber drops fire retardant on the Pyramid Mountain west of Colorado Springs Saturday, June 23, 2012.  The fire started near Waldo Canyon Saturday morning and was spreading quickly.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A slurry bomber drops fire retardant on the Pyramid Mountain west of Colorado Springs Saturday, June 23, 2012. The fire started near Waldo Canyon Saturday morning and was spreading quickly. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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PYRAMID MOUNTAIN FIRE
Flames from the Pyramid Mountain Fire on a ridge top north of Highway 24 just north of Green Mountain Falls Saturday, June 23, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Karen Bodine loads alfalfa while her husband, Greg Bodine, left, and her father, Duane Schormann, load her father's animals into the trailer Sunday, June 24, 2012, as the Waldo Canyon Fire burns toward Cascade, Colo., and her father's home. Karen, who lives in Woodland Park, grew up at the house.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Karen Bodine loads alfalfa while her husband, Greg Bodine, left, and her father, Duane Schormann, load her father's animals into the trailer Sunday, June 24, 2012, as the Waldo Canyon Fire burns toward Cascade, Colo., and her father's home. Karen, who lives in Woodland Park, grew up at the house. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Flames consume a tree along the northside of U.S. Highway 24 near the Waldo Canyon Trailhead Tuesday, June 26, 2012.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Flames consume a tree along the northside of U.S. Highway 24 near the Waldo Canyon Trailhead Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A deer jumps through a fence along U.S. Highway 24 while escaping the Waldo Canyon Fire Sunday, June 24, 2012. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A deer jumps through a fence along U.S. Highway 24 while escaping the Waldo Canyon Fire Sunday, June 24, 2012. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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WALDO CANYON
People watch the progress of the Waldo Canyon Fire from Mesa Road on Sunday, June 24, 2012. Photo by Susannah Kay, The Gazette

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DIGITAL DAYS BOSTON
Smoke trails across the mountains west of Colorado Springs as the sun sets on the third day of the Waldo Canyon Fire behind the front range and T.D. Kelsey's "Briargate Mustangs" sculpture in northern Colorado Springs June 25, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis

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WALDO CANYON FIRE
A flare-up from the Waldo Canyon Fire burns on a ridge west of Colorado Springs Monday night, June 25 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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WALDO CANYON FIRE
Smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire rises over Mountain Shadows as Angela Morgan, left, and Jan Stone embrace Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Morgan was evacuated from her Mountain Shadows home over the weekend and Stone helped her retrieve some of her belongings after she was let back into her neighborhood Tuesday. Stone herself was evacuated from her Green Mountain Falls home Sunday. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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WALDO CANYON FIRE
A flare-up from the Waldo Canyon Fire burning across a canyon from homes in the Cedar Heights neighborhood west of Colorado Springs Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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El Paso County Sheriff's Department wildland fire fighters George Bennett, right, and Connor Barkley stand watch near Cascade, Colo., as the Waldo Canyon Fire burns in the background Tuesday, June 26, 2012.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

El Paso County Sheriff's Department wildland fire fighters George Bennett, right, and Connor Barkley stand watch near Cascade, Colo., as the Waldo Canyon Fire burns in the background Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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WALDO CANYON FIRE
A slurry bomber drops retardant on the Waldo Canyon Fire on a ridge above Queen's Canyon Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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WALDO CANYON FIRE
The Waldo Canyon Fire burns in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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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.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A pyrocumulus cloud builds over the Waldo Canyon Fire just north of U.S. Highway 24 near Cascade, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A pyrocumulus cloud builds over the Waldo Canyon Fire just north of U.S. Highway 24 near Cascade, Colo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Western Wildfires
The Waldo Canyon Fire invades Mountain Shadows on Wednesday, June 26, 2012. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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WALDO CANYON FIRE
A passerby photographs The Waldo Canyon Fire from Centennial Blvd Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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WALDO CANYON FIRE
Traffic southbound on Centennial Boulevard near 30th Street at a near standstill as people evacuate Mountain Shadows because of the Waldo Canyon Fire Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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WALDO CANYON FIRE
Flames from the Waldo Canyon Fire along Centennial Boulevard at Rendezvous Trail Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Waldo Canyon fire destroys houses in Mountain Shadows on Wednesday, June 26, 2012.

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The Waldo Canyon fire destroys houses in Mountain Shadows on Wednesday, June 26, 2012. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Waldo Canyon fire destroys houses in Mountain Shadows on Wednesday, June 26, 2012.  (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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WALDO CANYON FIRE
President Barack Obama talks with firefighters in Mountain Shadow as he toured decimation from The Waldo Canyon Fire on Hot Springs Road Friday, June 29, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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WALDO CANYON FIRE
A group along 31st Street at Hwy 24 show their support for firefighters Saturday evening, June 30, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Mari Sinton-Martinez hugs a American Red Cross volunteer before the Waldo Canyon Fire impact meeting for residents in the areas where homes were destroyed Tuesday night, June 26, 2012, during the blaze. Sinton-Martinez's home was one of the homes on Wilson Road that survived the fire. The current count of lost homes from the fire is 347. 
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Mari Sinton-Martinez hugs a American Red Cross volunteer before the Waldo Canyon Fire impact meeting for residents in the areas where homes were destroyed Tuesday night, June 26, 2012, during the blaze. Sinton-Martinez's home was one of the homes on Wilson Road that survived the fire. The current count of lost homes from the fire is 347. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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WALDO RECOVERY
Tim Tierney kisses his daughter, Adalynn, 2, at the relief center located at the New Life Church on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Tierney was evacuated from the Peregrine area last Sunday. Photo by Susannah Kay, The Gazette

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Jerri Marr, forest supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service, greets the crowd that gathered to thank the firefighters returning and leaving the fire camp Tuesday morning, July 3, 2012,  at Holmes Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Waldo Canyon Fire is now 70 percent contained.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Jerri Marr, forest supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service, greets the crowd that gathered to thank the firefighters returning and leaving the fire camp Tuesday morning, July 3, 2012, at Holmes Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Waldo Canyon Fire is now 70 percent contained. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A firefighter from the Bighorn 209 hand crew from the Crow Agency in Montana mops up after the Waldo Canyon Fire in Williams Canyon Friday, June 29, 2012. The fire, which has destroyed 346 homes in Colorado Springs and left two dead, was reported to be 25 percent contained.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A firefighter from the Bighorn 209 hand crew from the Crow Agency in Montana mops up after the Waldo Canyon Fire in Williams Canyon Friday, June 29, 2012. The fire, which has destroyed 346 homes in Colorado Springs and left two dead, was reported to be 25 percent contained. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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July 2, 2012 photo of damage in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood as a result of the Waldo Canyon fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Insurance agent Aaron Portnoy looks through the rubble of the a home on Yankton Place in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday, July 2, 2012 . Every house in the cul de sac of Yankton Pl. burned to the ground during Tuesday's firestorm of the Waldo Canyon fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett).

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Yesterday homeowners in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Colorado Springs were allowed to return home for a few hours. Charred bricks form a heart in this driveway of a burned home. A week ago, the Mountain Shadows neighborhood and some adjacent neighborhoods were devastated by a firestorm from the Waldo Canyon fire. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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FLYING W RANCH
Russ Wolfe accesses the damage to the Flying W Ranch as a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire on Monday, July 9, 2012. Photo by Susannah Kay, The Gazette

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FIRE SIFTERS
Belongings found in the ash lay across the ground of a property on Yankton Place on Sunday, July 15, 2012. Photo by Susannah Kay, The Gazette

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COLORADO SPRINGS AERIAL PHOTOS
An aerial photo Thursday, January 24, 2013, of the foothills just west of Mountain Shadows charred by the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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COLORADO SPRINGS AERIAL PHOTOS
An aerial view Thursday, January 24, 2013 looking west at the charred hillsides above a neighborhood at the top of Mountain Shadows along Wilson Road. At the right foreground of the photo is the North Douglas Creek drainage and at left center above the homes is the Flying W Ranch property. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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COLORADO SPRINGS AERIAL PHOTOS
Aerial view Thursday, January 24, 2013, shows construction underway in a Mountain Shadows neighborhood decimated by the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire. At center is Majestic Drive, running nearly parallel to Flying W Ranch Road at the top of the photo. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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A smoke filtered sun sets over the scar of the Waldo Canyon Fire and the Flying W Ranch Thursday, June 20, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A smoke filtered sun sets over the scar of the Waldo Canyon Fire and the Flying W Ranch Thursday, June 20, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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At the Fox home on Courtney Dr., they leave their sentiments on plywood a few days after the Waldo Canyon Fire. The Foxes are in the process of getting ready to rebuild on Courtney Dr. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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FLYING W RANCH
Russ Wolfe surveys the remains of the Flying W Ranch as a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire on Monday, July 9, 2012. Photo by Susannah Kay, The Gazette

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Kate Stefani lines up charred pots and pans while digging through what used to her kitchen several days after the Waldo Canyon Fire devastated Mountain Shadows. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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The Flying W Ranch opened their gates for a crowd of several hundred for a 62nd anniversary performance by their namesakes, the Flying W Wranglers. Bandleader David Bradley belts out a classic cowboy tune while guitariest Adam Gardino (left) and fiddler Luke Tripp (right) play along during a concert on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The Flying W Ranch burned to the ground two years ago in the Waldo Canyon Fire. Bradley not only lost his workplace, but his home in the fire. ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
The Flying W Ranch opened their gates for a crowd of several hundred for a 62nd anniversary performance by their namesakes, the Flying W Wranglers. Bandleader David Bradley belts out a classic cowboy tune while guitariest Adam Gardino (left) and fiddler Luke Tripp (right) play along during a concert on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The Flying W Ranch burned to the ground two years ago in the Waldo Canyon Fire. Bradley not only lost his workplace, but his home in the fire. ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Gail and Mike Estes move some boxes into their new home on Coldstone Way, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. The family lost all their possessions when their home on Courtney Dr. was destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire. CAROL LAWRENCE, THE GAZETTE 10/22/12

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Construction workers build a home in the area of Mountain Shadows that was devastated by the Waldo Canyon Fire six months ago. December 5, 2012 .(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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PIKES PEAK FIREWORKS NEW YEARS
Moonlight illuminates Pikes Peak and charred trees in the Waldo Canyon Fire burn area as fireworks explode over the peak at midnight New Years Eve 2014. The four minute time exposure was taken from Rampart Range Road. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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FLYING W RANCH CONCERT
Ruth Roper prays along with others during a special one night only dinner and show Friday, August 23, 2013, at the site of the Flying W Ranch, which was destroyed in the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire. It was the first time the public has been allowed onto the ranch site since the fire. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Jean and Barry Timmons lost their home in the Waldo Canyon Fire last year. They have since rebuilt and are living in their new home on Majestic Dr. The couple will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary a tht e end of the month. Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Jean and Barry Timmons lost their home in the Waldo Canyon Fire last year. They have since rebuilt and are living in their new home on Majestic Dr. The couple will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary a tht e end of the month. Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Volunteers place burned logs across a hillside at The Flying W Ranch Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, to help prevent erosion from the Waldo Canyon Fire. About 50 volunteers were working with the Coalition for the Upper South Plate to mitigate flooding after the fire. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Volunteers place burned logs across a hillside at The Flying W Ranch Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, to help prevent erosion from the Waldo Canyon Fire. About 50 volunteers were working with the Coalition for the Upper South Plate to mitigate flooding after the fire. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Every day the Stefani's visit their home that was built on the same land where their home burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire. Kate, Caleb, and Ted Stefani check on the progress and the mailbox on Saturday, December 15, 2012.(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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ELEMENTARY KIDS AT FLYING W RANCH
First graders from Rockrimmon Elementary School form a "bucket brigade" of mulch while volunteering Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the Flying W Ranch. 60 first graders from the school spread the mulch as part of post-fire watershed rehabilitation in an area burned during the Waldo Canyon Fire. Flying W Ranch Foundation executive director Aarom WInter said volunteers usually have to be 15 years old but he made an exception for the first graders. "Many of these kids were evacuated during the Waldo Canyon Fire so we wanted them to be here," he said. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Mayor Steve Bach and his wife, Suzi Bach, visit with Mountain Shadows homeowners Maribeth and Steve Netherton on Friday, August 29, 2014. The mayor and his wife delivered a gift basket as a thank you for rebuilding their home after the Waldo Canyon Fire. As of today, 248 new home permits have been completed. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette

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WALDO  CANYON FIRE EAGLE LAKE CAMP
Flowers grow on a charred hillside at Eagle Lake Camp Monday, September 24, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Two years after the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed nearly every home on Courtney Dr., almost all of the homes have been rebuilt in the same lots. This photo was taken several days after the fire in 2012. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Two years after the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed nearly every home on Courtney Dr., almost all of the homes have been rebuilt in the same lots. This photo was taken several days after the fire in 2012. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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A helicopter drops wood chips Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, on the Waldo Canyon Fire area near Rampart Reservoir to help fight erosion from the June fire. Five helicopters will spread the chips over the fire area for 10 days at a cost of $4.8 million. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Two years after the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed nearly every home on Courtney Dr., almost all of the homes have been rebuilt in the same lots. This photo was taken six months later in December 2012. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Two years after the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed nearly every home on Courtney Dr., almost all of the homes have been rebuilt in the same lots. This photo was taken six months later in December 2012. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Two years after the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed nearly every home on Courtney Dr., almost all of the homes have been rebuilt in the same lots. This photo was shot on Thursday, August 19, 2013 when homes were either rebuilt or varying states of rebuild.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Two years after the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed nearly every home on Courtney Dr., almost all of the homes have been rebuilt in the same lots. This photo was shot on Thursday, August 19, 2013 when homes were either rebuilt or varying states of rebuild. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Two years after the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed nearly every home on Courtney Dr., almost all of the homes have been rebuilt in the same lots. This photo was taken on Saturday, June 21, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Two years after the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed nearly every home on Courtney Dr., almost all of the homes have been rebuilt in the same lots. This photo was taken on Saturday, June 21, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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WALDO BURN AREA
New growth Wednesday, May 29, 2013, among burned trees in the Waldo Canyon Wildfire burn area off Rampart Range Road. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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