A barn near Laporte, Colorado, sits at the edge of the daunting High Park Fire—the largest of eight wildfires that are currently ravaging the state. In less than a month, Colorado fires have consumed more than a hundred thousand acres and have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.
Sparked by a lightning strike on June 9, 2012, the High Park blaze—part of the worst fire season in Colorado in a decade—has been fueled by record-breaking temperatures and strong winds.
What is it like to be caught up in the flames of this fire season? Read author Michael Kodas’s firsthand report in NatGeo News Watch: "In Rocky Mountain Forests, More Fires and More People."
—Updated by Tasha Eichenseher, June 27, 2012