July 2nd, 2012
02:13 AM ET

Evacuee: Colorado wildfire's destructive aftermath is 'kind of like the Twilight Zone'

As firefighters gained the upper hand Monday on a fast-moving wildfire in Colorado Springs, many residents began the process of picking up lives interrupted by an inferno that killed two people, destroyed nearly 350 homes and damaged dozens more.

Evacuation orders for all except the hardest hit areas were lifted by late Sunday for most of the 32,000 residents who were forced from their homes after winds last week whipped the blaze that has been described as the most destructive in state history.

"Now we're beginning to look at how do we rebuild and begin the recovery," Gov. John Hickenlooper said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

"But we also know that Mother Nature can be pretty fickle out there, so we're keeping ourselves very alert."

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  1. Philip

    One day we will fight fires with the same gusto and technolgy we use to invade foreign nations.

    July 2, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    whattyah talkin' about phil? these natural disasters are prophetically magnified according to its respective regions...starting with the tsunami...there is nothin humanly possible to avert these events except to rip ones garments, put on ashes and sackcloths, fast and pray...and that is just penance part and to acknowledge ones sorrow...repent, go back to church...and stop disregarding God's statues and decrees...show some loving kindness(piety) to God and neighbor...

    July 2, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Hogwash. We could mobilize entire infantry units to fight fires just as if fighting "al-quida". We could carpet bomb forrest fires with flame retard ants rather than dropping them one by one out of tiny helicopters. We could call-out the C-130s on day one of the next fire in Colorado Springs, rather than on day three as we did for this one.

    July 2, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @Rascal. Pretend it was "terrorists" instead of fire working it's way towords Colorado Springs. (what the military response would be)
    The US Air Force didn't even send us C-130s until the 3rd. day of this fire, for example. If it were terrorists instead of fire, day one.

    July 2, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...let's not pretend...there are things that are larger than man's arrogance that can trully humbled his self reliance...

      July 2, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Huh? Let's not pretend? Look at all the people pretending God causes EQs! All that happened was he warned his children who would listen, know, and obey. The others? They either blame God for EQs, leave him entirely OUT of the equation, or pay him lip service and go on about their rat killing anyway.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      be attentive phil...did i say god caused this fire? no, i did not...i blamed man's self sufficient arrogrance...and his separation from God...and God's statues and decrees...

      July 2, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Really. We need to use the military to abolish forrest fires AND religions. Both burn US down.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I am so glad they have it under control.
    Best wishes for the people of Colorado.

    July 2, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eye Hate God

    They can afford it in Colorado.

    July 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Federal dollars cover 75% of damages. Same as usual. Like, Lloyds of London covered 80% of 9/11 Tower damages. All three towers that fell were insured, but insurance doesn't cover acts of war, so...

    July 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kato Kaelin's Revenge

    It's always a tragedy when these rich pukes get their houses burnt down. Should've let it burn.

    July 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Goth

    Pukes in general should burn.

    July 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    How easy for me in disguise as illegal Mexican to sneak accross border and start fires would be. Plus I could go to emergency room and have tooth pulled for free. How dare you ask illegal Ahkmed for ID.

    July 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. General Palsey C. Puke, retired

    See here now.

    July 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Delma Montrose

    Kato Kaelin was "best friends" with actor/comedian Norm Macdonald from mid 2000 to mid 2001 according to Macdonald's The Norm Show co-star Artie Lange. Kaelin was even given a guest role on the show. The two had a falling out which ended their friendship.

    He was married to Cynthia Coulter from 1983 to 1989. They have one child.

    July 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |