As the wildfires across Colorado continue to ravage the state, many residents and state agencies are chronicling the disaster with powerful photos. Here are the top 10 photos found on photo-sharing sites such as Flickr.
The intense fire, which doubled in size overnight to about 24 square miles, has forced mandatory evacuations for more than 32,000 residents, Colorado Springs emergency management director Brett Waters said, as reported by the Washington Post.
The Denver Post writes the Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a pre-evacuation notice Wednesday morning to residents in the southwest part of the county. "The Waldo Canyon fire burning in El Paso County is expanding and poses a threat," the notification stated. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Below are several photos showing the devastation and rescue efforts, including a satellite image of the fires courtesy of NASA.
A scene from the Colorado wildfires
U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Rusty Ridley
Fires in High Park in Poudre Canyon about 15 miles from Ft. Collins, Colo. Additionally, Colorado Guardsmen are augmenting the Larimer County Sheriff's Department to provide assistance in securing evacuated areas
The National Guard
A U.S. Forest Service aircraft breaks away as a Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 begins dropping retardant on a section of the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs, Colo.
Colorado National Guard on the scene of the wildfires
Don Savage Photography
The Colorado wildfires
A view of the Colorado wildfires as seen from a resident's house
Smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire can be seen at nearby Coronado High School in western Colorado Springs, Colo
A NASA satellite images shows the various fires raging across Colorado
James Bo Insogna
A Colorado sunset tinged with smoke from the wildfires