The Colorado Wildfires

When the weather is hot, dry and windy and the earth has been waiting for rain to come for months, it will only take a little spark to set a whole area of land a blaze. Colorado is experiencing some really bad wildfires right this moment and my guess is we’ll see these images emerge from hot and dry parts of Europe before soon too. [31 photos total]

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Handout photo of a plume of smoke from the High Park Fire, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins (NASA/REUTERS) #
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Smoke and flames encroach upon homes and ranches on the eastern front of the High Park fire near Laporte (MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS) #
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Smoke and flames encroach upon homes on the eastern front of the High Park fire near Laporte, Colorado (MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS) #
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The sky turns a brilliant orange as smoke from the High Park Fire fills the sky near Laporte, Colorado (MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS) #
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Smoke fills the air over a small barn turning the sky orange as the High Park Fire burns near Laporte, Colorado (MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS) #
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A firefighter's boot sits on a table for donations to the Red Cross outside the Double S Bar in Laporte, Colorado (MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS) #
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A helicopter tanker drops water near a home in Colorado's High Park Fire, about 15 miles northwest of Fort Collins (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Smoke and clouds linger over High Park Fire burn area near Ted's Place (MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS) #
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Customers walk into Vern's convenience store as the window thanks firefighters for their efforts on the High Park Fire near Laporte (MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS) #
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A resident watches the High Park fire only a few miles from her home in Glacier View Meadows, northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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A message is painted on a truck near where the High Park fire has burned out, west of Fort Collins, in Colorado (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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A truck drives down the highway under the smoke plume from the High Park fire at sunset, west of Fort Collins (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Smoke from the High Park fire rolls across the mountains at sunset, west of Fort Collins (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Water tanker helicopter drops on the High Park fire west of Fort Collins (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Heavy air tanker drops fire retardant on High Park fire west of Fort Collins (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Fire rages through the forest in the High Park fire west of Fort Collins (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Local resident Paskett watches the High Park fire burn near her home, west of Fort Collins (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Local resident Crawford watches High Park fire burn near his home, west of Fort Collins (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Fire rages through forest in the High Park fire west of Fort Collins (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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The stairs of a home destroyed in the High Park fire is seen near Fort Collins (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Handout photo of a heavy air tanker dropping fire retardant on the High Park fire west of Fort Collins (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
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Handout photo of a heavy air tanker dropping fire retardant on the High Park fire west of Fort Collins (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
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The downtown skyline of Denver, Colorado is obscured by smoke from the many wildfires burning in the state (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Flames explode next to a house in a mountain subdivision, west of Colorado Springs (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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The setting sun is obscured by smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs, Colorado (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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The sun illuminates through the smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire, west of Colorado Springs (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Handout photo of an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules expeling water over Peterson Air Force Base (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
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Trees burn in the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire engulfs highway in Colorado (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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Smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire hovers over the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #
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A firefighting helicopter approaches the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado (RICK WILKING/REUTERS) #

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