<p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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: "<a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/06/28/in-rocky-mountain-forests-more-fires-and-more-people/">In Rocky Mountain Forests, More Fires and More People</a>."</p> <p><i>—Updated by Tasha Eichenseher, June 27, 2012</i></p>

Colorado Fires

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

Photograph by Marc Piscotty, Reuters

Wildfires

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