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Story : USA-Colorado Wildfire Update
File ID : 146811
Video ID : 1614384
Dateline : July 2/June 26, 2012
Duration : 2'04
Locations : Colorado Springs, USA
Type : English/Nats
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : Not access Chinese mainland
Pageview : 65
Summary : Over 3,000 Colorado residents still not able to go home, 55 percent of wildfire contained
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - July 2, 2012
1. Various of burnt homes after fire

(Courtesy of Colorado Springs Fire Department)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - June 26, 2012
2. Various of houses in flames

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - July 2, 2012
3. SOUNDBITE (English) member of Colorado Springs Fire Department:
"What I saw was about 15 or 20 homes already fully involved, and it almost took my breath away. As a firefighter, when you see homes on fire, it's like someone stabbing you in your heart. You don't like to see that."
4. Various of debris after fire
5. Pan right of plants charred black in fire
6. Tracking shot of community caught on fire
7. Wide of smoke on mountain

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Over 3,000 residents are still not able to return home in Colorado, United States, as only 55 percent of the wildfire near the city of Colorado Springs have been contained, according to fire officials.

The fire started on June 23 at Waldo Canyon and has since become the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. It has consumed over 72 sq km of land and is being fought by some 1,500 firefighters, according to an official report released Monday morning.

On June 26, a member of the Colorado Springs Fire Department was passing by a nearby area when Shadow Mountain, one of the worst hit regions, was ablaze.

"What I saw was about 15 or 20 homes already fully involved, and it almost took my breath away. As a firefighter, when you see homes on fire, it's like someone stabbing you in your heart. You don't like to see that," he said.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity continue to aid firefighters battling the blaze, but full containment remains at least 10 days away, officials said.

So far, the fire is believed to be responsible for two deaths. Many houses were burnt to only concrete and cars reduced to nothing but charred metal. The cost of fighting the fire is being estimated at more than 11 million US dollars.

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

 

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