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Homes reduced to ashes by wildfire in Colorado

Rick Wilking / Reuters

One of the partially destroyed homes is still smoldering among those totally destroyed in the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, Cooler temperatures and lighter winds helped firefighters in the battle against the fire, which has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced more than 35,000 people to flee.

Rick Wilking / Reuters

Four houses remain while every other house was destroyed on their street in the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs.

Rj Sangosti / Denver Post via AP

This aerial photo shows the destructive path of the Waldo Canyon fire in the Mountain Shadows subdivision area of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Thursday.

Miguel Llanos reports that hundreds of homes have burned in the Colorado Springs area:

"There was nothing left in some areas -- burned out foundations that were smoldering. It looked like a nuclear weapon had been dropped. It's as close to hell as I could imagine," Mayor Steve Bach said after touring the heavily damaged Mountain Shadows subdivision.

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The worst fire season in recent history is taking its toll with large fires burning thousands of acres in Colorado while others consume areas in Montana, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.