June 29th, 2012
03:26 AM ET

Colorado fire toll: 1 dead, at least 1 missing, 346 homes destroyed

Rebekah and Bryan Largent clung to one another as their worst fears were confirmed: Their home was among the 346 destroyed in a wildfire ravaging the outskirts of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"We're not sure what we are going to do next," Rebekah Largent told CNN affiliate KKTV late Thursday just minutes after the couple learned their rented home was among those turned to a pile of smoldering ash and rubble.

The wildfire has wreaked havoc since it began over the weekend on the western outskirts of Colorado Springs, forcing more than 36,000 to flee their homes as it hop-scotched through heavily populated neighborhoods and threatened the Air Force Academy.

By early Friday morning, the fire had scorched more than 16,700 acres and killed at least one person, authorities said.

More than 20,000 homes and 160 businesses were under threat from the Waldo Canyon Fire, which was 15% contained by early Friday, according to InciWeb, a U.S. multi-agency fire response website.


Filed under: Barack Obama • U.S. • Weather
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  1. Margie

    I read, I don't comment much. That there have been drug pedalling quacks has been common knowledge for years. See? This is why I don't comment. Or at least I won't comment on certain stuff certain people write. I should get my head examines, lol...what was I thinking? Gotta go to work now. Have a nice day.

    June 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Margie

    And I guess it depends on what what defines domestic terrorism as. I think your definition is uniquely your own. Goodbye. It's been real.

    June 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @Margie. Of course phony quack doktors have always existed. What's new is the CIA going after them.
    Have a great day, and nice meeting you.
    @Joey. Would you eat out of the same bag as a hog? Well, that's what Obamacare essentially forces you to do.

    June 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    If you're blogging here, you're ok.
    Stay safe, Philip.
    Best wishes to the reat of CS, and condolences to the family of the person who perished...and may they find the missing person alive and well.

    June 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    I feel for the people of Colorado! Texas went thru this last year for at least 6 months & it was devastating! The fires simply could not be contained because of the combo of drought & high winds! Almost all of Bastrop co. burned & the loss of homes were in the thousands! Lives; humans, pets, livestock & woodland habitats were lost! But the human spirit is resilient & we are rebuilding! Y'all will too! Shout out to Philip, feelin' ya brother Phil!!

    June 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zipwizard

    New fire fighting technology needs to be invented! We need an entire air force of water bombers. And we need to invent massive releases of CO2...that moves in clouds over the fire, removing oxygen. Yes...they have some of these things, but not enough. Now that forest fires are more common...we need more and better equipment to save life and property. You can't get that by cutting back funding.

    June 30, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    Right you are Zipwizard! Or lay off hundreds of firefighters during your states worst wildfire in a century, as Guv'nah Goodhair did in Tx!!

    June 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
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