A helicopter flies over a section of the Waldo Canyon wildfire

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Aerial firefighting

A helicopter flies over a section of the Waldo Canyon wildfire on June 28 during a fire containment operation in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Less than a week after 35,000 people fled their neighborhoods, the massive wildfire has burned nearly 17,000 acres of land, destroyed 346 homes and killed at least one person.

 

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A sign gives thanks to firefighters

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Firefighter appreciation

A sign gives thanks to firefighters battling the blaze near the site of the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs on June 28.

 

The flames have eased slightly in the past day with the help of cooler temperatures, lighter winds and even a small rain shower. The blaze is now about 15 percent contained.

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A man takes photos of the Waldo Canyon fire from his truck

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Documenting tragedy

A resident stops his truck at a scenic overlook on June 28 to document the Waldo Canyon fire from a distance near Colorado Springs.

 

President Barack Obama, who headed to Colorado Springs on Friday morning to assess the damage, has officially declared the state a disaster area. In addition to the Waldo Canyon fire, northern Colorago's High Park Fire, which began on June 9 and is now 85 percent contained, burned 257 homes and killed one person.

 

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