Friday, June 15, 2012
Festivities, floods and the Fort Collins blaze: The best of iReport this week

From efforts to quell the Colorado blaze to Mother Nature’s barrage of baseball-size hail, your stories were exceptional this week. Check out the best and the undiscovered below.


Heroic efforts take flight in Fort Collins, Colorado


Wildlife photographer Victor Schendel documented a helicopter crew scrambling to contain the High Park fire on Monday as it engulfed tens of thousands of acres in northern Colorado. He describes the pilots’ efforts to safeguard residential communities as “absolutely heroic.”


Cannonball! Hail pelts pool


This week, we welcomed former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Hannah Jones to the iReport community. Her first iReport was this video of a hailstorm that pummeled Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday and created a flooded chaos around her swimming pool.


Flooding in Pensacola, Florida


As waters rose on the streets of Pensacola, Florida, iReporter Randy Hamilton photographed stranded drivers trying to rescue their flooded vehicles. The flooding resulted from a torrential downpour of rain on June 9.


Warsaw Fan Zone mania


Film director Joe Vogt photographed thousands of high-spirited Polish fans in Warsaw supporting their country in the opening match of the Euro 2012 soccer championship. Poland and Greece tied 1-1.


Mongolia commemorates Gautama Buddha


Lanterns took flight in Ulaanbaatar City, Mongolia, for Vesak, an annual Buddhist festival commemorating the birthday, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. iReporter Onon Batchuluun documented the floating lanterns after a gathering of storytelling, prayer and meditation.


Is news happening where you are, or do you have an opinion you'd like to share? You could be part of next week's Best of iReport. Share your story here.

June 15, 2012
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What you see is what you get! more things to come from god! when god is unhappy with his people, he sends earth quakes and hail storms.. Followed by fire and misery!

June 15, 2012
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Just a comment on the "fire". There's two fires in New Mexico, one is over 5 times bigger, and the other has already destroyed twice as many houses as the Colorado fire.


Just thought I'd mention it, since CNN won't.

June 16, 2012
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great picture

June 16, 2012
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God does not exist to destroy his creation. It's a natural phenomena. The God that exist are in our consciousness and no other place in this "material" world. Even material itself is empty of inherent existence. Google M theory

June 16, 2012
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It's no use arguing with an non-believer, or as the old saying goes, "to someone who believes, no proof is necessary, but to those who don't believe, no proof is sufficient"...


Pray for those who don't believe - time is short, whether for ourselves or the world itself...

June 16, 2012
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God made the world. He sustains it and guarantees balance.When people and nations openly deny His existence - why should He maintain that balance? In my opinion He doesn't deliberately cause problems but we can't expect His help when we refuse to acknowledge Him. Fair do's, eh?

June 16, 2012
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Glades2 - You don't ever have to argue with a non-believer if you actually have proof. We have a great amount of respect for evidence. The problem is that believers never offer anything resembling basic standards of proof. Wishing something were true, or feeling like something is true, or thinking something just must be true because it sure feels like it's true, simply is not proof or evidence.

June 17, 2012
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The loving, omnipotent, omniscient god that loves me so much forever and always unless I forget to follow his impossible and dehumanizing rules while stroking his fragile ego... then you get to go to hell.  That's great.  Up next on the comments section, a jewish zombie who is his own father and must be contacted telepathically over everything by everyone even though he already knows how everything is going to turn out because it is his will.  I also enjoy how you start an argument with nonbelievers by spewing nonsense and then pull the condescending route with we're all not arguing with.  Genius really.

June 17, 2012
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224 homes lost in 7 days and the fire is still going strong with 50-60 mile per hour wind gusts.  Firefighters believe it could be months before this fire is completely out. :(   Thanks Sierra Club and all he environmentalists that wouldn't allow people to go up and cut down or cut up the beetle kill trees, because the infestation has caused this fire to be much more horrendous

June 18, 2012
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News have become too old for the new media's appetite.

June 18, 2012
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@olepi -- Thanks for mentioning the other wildfire. If you're close by and can do so safely, please send photos or videos. We'd love to include your story in CNN's coverage!

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