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Wednesday, 12 June, 2002, 11:03 GMT 12:03 UK
In pictures: Colorado fires
Colorado firefighters are struggling to contain blazes ravaging the state - the largest wildlife fire in the US state's history.

About 4,000 people have fled their homes and officials have drawn up evacuation plans for up to 40,000 residents of the state's capital, Denver, as the fire approaches the city's south-western suburbs.

A slurry bomber is dwarfed by huge smoke clouds above the Hayman forest fire north of county road 77 outside Lake George in the Pike National Forest
The fire - stretching 24 kilometres across the Rocky Mountain foothills - was started by a camp fire on Sunday

Firefighter near Deckers in Colorado
In some areas even firefighters were told it was too dangerous to work

Larry Landis (left) puts his arm on the shoulder of his wife, Rea, as they watch the fire approach their new home west of Colorado Springs
Officials said the fire was devouring about one-and-a-half kilometres of woodland an hour

Fire and smoke loom rise behind the Twin Creek Ranch just north of Highway 24 in Florissant, Colorado
They said the fire destroyed 21 homes and was threatening another 2,500

Smoke from forest fires fills the air in Woodland Park on the edge of Colorado caused street lights to come on Sunday
Emergency plans were put in place to evacuate residents of Denver if the blazes continued its destructive course

Horse Creek Cafe and Saloon on Highway 67 near Deckers are one of a handful of structures that were destroyed by the Hayman Fire
Colorado's governor Bill Owens said the disaster area resembled a nuclear winter

A fire set by the Flathead Hotshot crews burns on Horse Mountain
Firefighters tried to limit the spread of another major fire started by an underground coal fire

Burned out vehicles above the Storm King Mobile Home Park in West Glenwood Springs
It is estimated that recent fires in Colorado has destroyed more than 600,000 acres (24820 hectares) of land



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