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    Posted July 3, 2012 by
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Colorado and Utah wildfires

    docfrance and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Western wildfires
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    More Waldo Canyon Fire Pictures


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Just after the mandatory evacuation was ordered, docfrance documented officials working to contain the Waldo Canyon fire that was encroaching on his Colorado Springs residential community on June 26. docfrance, a colonel in the military, says this was the second worst day of his life, the first being the day he was in the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11. Luckily, his house was one of the few in the Mountain Shadows community that didn't go up in flames. "The hillside just exploded," he says. "I really believed that we weren't going to see the house again."
    - stein0726, CNN iReport producer

    10 More pictures taken over several days of the Waldo Canyon fires before, during, and after our evacuation.
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