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Written by Chris Lee   
A second body was pulled last Friday from what is being considered the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history.

A list was posted online last Friday night of the homes destroyed or damaged by the 26-square-mile Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs. Officials say the fire damaged or destroyed about 346 homes, which is the most in Colorado history.

People watched news channels late last Tuesday, June 26 as strong winds blew the fire into portions of the city where tens of thousands were being evacuated. The body pulled from the rubble last Friday was the second reported death after a body was found Thursday.

As of Monday morning, July 2, the Waldo Canyon fire was only 15 percent contained and caused over 32,000 people to be evacuated.

More than 600 homes have been destroyed by wildfires in Colorado this year, and at least five people have been killed, including the two in the Waldo Canyon Fire.

President Barack Obama toured the stricken areas Friday after issuing a disaster declaration for Colorado.

As of Monday morning, July 2, the High Park Fire northwest of Fort Collins, which began June 9, was fully contained with roughly 150 people working on the fire—down from well over 1,300. The fire was the result of lightning striking a tree on private land.

Nearly 257 homes were destroyed in the High Park Fire which is described as the second most destructive fire in Colorado history—second to the Waldo Canyon Fire.

The massive fire burned over 136 square miles, which is approximately the size of Boulder, Broomfield and Fort Collins combined.

Record-breaking temperatures, drought and multiple wildfires throughout the state prompted Governor John Hickenlooper to issue a statewide ban on the use of fireworks in Colorado.

Due to extremely dry conditions, Holyoke Police Department has said they will confiscate fireworks and issue tickets to those caught lighting them off.

Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department was planning to move forward with their display Wednesday night at City Park unless there were high winds or they were summoned to another fire.

See inside this week’s edition of the Enterprise for a story outlining tips about being prepared during fire season.



Holyoke Enterprise June 5, 2012