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Image Gallery: Wildfires Scorching Colorado

satellite image of Colorado wildfires

(Image credit: USGS | NASA)

The High Park wildfire continues to burn just west of Fort Collins, Colo. The burned area, shown in dark red in the June 18, 2012 image, shows the nearly 60,000 acres that have burned so far. The fire, which started on June 9 by a lightning strike, destroyed 189 homes as of June 19. Evacuation orders remain in place in many areas. In the June 18 image, clouds hover just north of the burned area, with smoke from the fire visible as blue.

Before the Fire

Fort collins, Colorado satellite image

(Image credit: USGS | NASA)

A satellite image taken June 8, 2011, of the same area of Colorado before the wildfires.

High Park Fire

National Guard photo of the High Park fire

(Image credit: Official Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jess Geffre/RELEASED)

As wildfires continue to burn in Colorado and neighboring states, maps using the latest Web-scraping technology help residents find evacuation routes and shelters. This photo shows the High Park Fire on June 21.

Airborne Firefighting

Waldo canyon wildfires in colorado.

(Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher)

A U.S. Forest Service aircraft breaks away as a Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 begins dropping retardant on a section of the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., June 26.

High Park Fire

photo of the High Park Fire in Colorado taken June 10, 2012.

(Image credit: Brian Emory)

"There's quite a fire burning west of Fort Collins, Colorado. It created some pretty spectacular views as the setting sun shone through the clouds and smoke," Brian Emory who took this shot of the High Park Fire on June 10, 2012, wrote on his Flickr page.

Fiery Sunset

photo of the High Park Fire in Colorado taken June 10, 2012.

(Image credit: Brian Emory)

The High Park Fire continues to burn areas west of Fort Collins, Colo., shown here in a June 11, 2012, photo taken by Brian Emory. "The Colorado wildfire continues to make for some amazing sunsets," he writes on his Flickr page.

Smoke-Filled Sunsets

photo of the High Park Fire in Colorado taken June 10, 2012.

(Image credit: Brian Emory)

"Another Colorado night, another great sunset thanks to the High Park fire," Brian Emory writes on his Flickr page. "I really love how the smoke shields the sky from the sun causing a distinct break in the blue. I took this at Riverbend Ponds Natural Area in Fort Collins," on June 22, 2012.

Raging Wildfires

photo of the High Park Fire in Colorado taken June 10, 2012.

(Image credit: Brian Emory)

Brian Emory captured a gorgeous sunset on June 17, 2012, at the Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins, Colo., where wildfires continue to rage.

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