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    Posted July 2, 2012 by
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Colorado and Utah wildfires

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    Waldo Canyon Return


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     In the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon fire, docfrance of Colorado Springs, Colorado, documented the stark remains of the Mountain Shadows residential community. He reports that although the area is still under a mandatory evacuation, officials allowed residents to survey the remains of their homes and collect any undamaged belongings. The photos were taken on July 1.
    - stein0726, CNN iReport producer

    My wife and I were allowed to return to our home in the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs on sunday from 1000 to 1800 to inspect our home and get additional clothes and other possessions. we still do not know when we'll be allowed to return permanently.

    Several homes within 200m of our house, at all compass points, were totally destroyed, but we had no visible damage to our entire one-acre lot. No smoke damage inside. Timers on some of our indoor lights indicated that since the fire began, we had electricity for all but 90 minutes. In fact, the milk was still fresh in our fridge!

    Others around us were not nearly so lucky and the total devastation of most of the homes shocked us. It seemed that homes were either almost untouched or down to ashes.

    While there were wide swaths of destruction that seemed easy to explain, there were also isolated incidents of a single home burned to the ground among many that were untouched--and just the opposite in the hardest hit areas.
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