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Story : USA-Colorado Wildfire
File ID : 146770
Video ID : 1612688
Dateline : July 2, 2012
Duration : 2'31
Locations : Colorado Springs, USA
Type : English/Nats/Narration
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : Not access Chinese mainland
Pageview : 89
Summary : Evacuees return home as 55% of wildfire contained
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - July 1, 2012
(Courtesy of Colorado Springs Fire Department)
1. Various of houses in flames
2. Wide of firefighters battling fire, with vehicle parked in foreground

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - July 1, 2012
3. Wide of smoke engulfing sky
4. Zoom in of vehicles on road
5. Zoom in of Rich Harvey placing his hand over map of Waldo Canyon fire
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rich Harvey, Incident Commander of National Incident Management Team (partially overlaid with shots 7-8)
"The good news is obviously the percent containment: over half this fire has line around it. The bad news is that there's 45 percent out there we still need to deal with. We have 1,500 firefighters on the line today, as well as aviation assets, both fixed-wings and rotary-wings supporting them. They've got a good plan. We are focused on the north and the east edge of the fire. Primarily, we have folks all around the fire, all the time, day and night."
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7. Close of chest emblem
8. Tracking shot of helicopter taking off
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9. Pan right of cordoned-off area

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - July 2, 2012
10. Various of burned cars, charred houses
11. Various of survived houses in Mountain Shadows suburb of Colorado Springs
12. Pan up of destroyed house
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Brown, Chief of Colorado Springs Fire Department:
"The prognosis is very good but you can't rule out that. You know, high winds could kick it up again, so we want everybody to still have a degree of caution and not relax until it's completely out with some rain or out cold, and that is not the status yet."
14. Zoom out of undamaged neighborhood over hill
15. Mid of girl holding poster that says "Thank you, firefighters"
16. Mid of residents greeting firefighters
17. Pan left of fire engine leaving
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Erica, resident:
"We want to say thank you. They are doing such a great job. They are really fighting the fire. They are making huge progress. They are out here every single day to protect us."
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis, resident:
"They are up there in the mountain, day in and day out, and they come back all black. They are doing all this for the citizens of Colorado Springs. So this is a small way for us to show our gratitude to all these people, and what they are doing for the city."
20. Zoom in of firefighters waving goodbye to residents through window

Storyline

With 55 percent of the wildfire near Colorado Springs contained by Monday, residents in the town of Colorado, the United States have been allowed a first-hand look at their devastated homes for the first time since they fled more than a week ago.

Nearly 90 percent of evacuees have returned to their neighborhoods, only to find their cars were reduced to nothing but charred metal and only concrete remained of many homes damaged by the worst wildfire in Colorado's history. The fire has left two dead, destroyed more than 300 homes, forced 36,000 people to flee and turned over 70 square kilometers into ash, according to officials' morning status report on Monday.

But residents were all grateful for firefighters' efforts and lined the streets to greet them.

"We want to say thank you. They are doing such a great job. They are really fighting the fire. They are making huge progress. They are out here every single day to protect us," said Erica, a resident of Colorado Springs.

"They are up there in the mountain, day in and day out, and they come back all black. They are doing all this for the citizens of Colorado Springs. So this is a small way for us to show our gratitude to all these people, and what they are doing for the city," said Dennis, another resident.

Some 1,500 firefighters were mobilized to fight the fire. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity helped them, but full containment remains at least 10 days away, officials said.

"We have 1,500 firefighters on the line today, as well as aviation assets, both fixed winds and rotary wings supporting them. They've got a good plan. We are focused on the north and the east edge of the fire. Primarily, we have folks all around the fire, all the time, day and night," said Rich Harvey, incident commander of the National Incident Management Team.

But the danger is far from over, officials warned.

"The good news is obviously the percent containment. Over half this fire has line around it. The bad news is that there's 45 percent out there we still need to deal with," said Rich Harvey.

"The prognosis is very good but you can't rule out that. High winds could kick it up again, so we want everybody to still have a degree of caution and not relax until it's completely out with some rain or out cold, and that is not the status yet," said Richard Brown, Colorado Springs fire chief.

So far, the Waldo Canyon fire is believed to be responsible for two deaths, but the cause of the massive wildfire is still unknown.

The blaze is just one of several still burning across the West Coast of the United States, where parched conditions and searing heat are making the fight difficult for crews in Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada.

 

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