The Great Waldo Canyon Fire
The Waldo Canyon Fire now burning on the western edge of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has officially become the most destructive wildfire in the state's history. Having already burned more than 16,750 acres, destroyed hundreds of homes, and forced thousands of evacuations, the fire also threatened the U.S. Air Force Academy this week, which had to evacuate 600 families and 110 dorm residents just as cadet training was getting under way. Firefighters from Vandenberg AFB in California were among those fighting the blaze, which Academy fire chief Ernst Piercy called "absolutely the worst wildfire I've ever seen." Pictured: Cadets pass Cadet Chapel on their way to a briefing on evacuation procedures on June 27.
Photo: USAF/Carol Lawrence