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Friday, June 29, 2012

Boise Firefighters Battling Colorado Wildfires

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Members of the Boise Fire Department are on the front lines of the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs. At least one person has died in wildfires ravaging Colorado. President Barack Obama has declared a disaster in the state.

The Boise contingent had planned to participate in a training operation in Colorado, but instead, they have been deployed to help battle the deadly blaze.

Police said they found a body in the remains of a burned-out house in Colorado Springs. A second person was reported missing from the same address. Another 10 people have been unaccounted for since the fires reached the city limits of Colorado Springs on June 26, though some of them are thought to have simply neglected to register with authorities as evacuees.

Some 35,000 people have been told to leave their homes as firefighters struggle to contain the blaze. A total of 346 properties have so far been destroyed by the Waldo Canyon wildfire, the most destructive in the state's history.

Meanwhile, crews from the Bureau of Land Management are busy in eastern Idaho, battling a blaze that has swept through the west bench of Pocatello. More than 1,000 acres have been torched so far in the Charlotte fire and more than two dozen homes have been damaged or lost, while 700 more homes are threatened.

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