When the weather is hot, dry and windy and the earth has been waiting for rain to come for months, it will only take a little spark to set a whole area of land a blaze. Colorado is experiencing some really bad wildfires right this moment and my guess is we’ll see these images emerge from hot and dry parts of Europe before soon too.

The Colorado Wildfires

Handout photo of a plume of smoke from the High Park Fire, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins. NASA/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Smoke and flames encroach upon homes and ranches on the eastern front of the High Park fire near Laporte. MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Smoke and flames encroach upon homes on the eastern front of the High Park fire near Laporte, Colorado. MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS

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The sky turns a brilliant orange as smoke from the High Park Fire fills the sky near Laporte, Colorado. MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS

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Smoke fills the air over a small barn turning the sky orange as the High Park Fire burns near Laporte, Colorado. MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS

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A firefighter's boot sits on a table for donations to the Red Cross outside the Double S Bar in Laporte, Colorado. MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS

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A helicopter tanker drops water near a home in Colorado's High Park Fire, about 15 miles northwest of Fort Collins. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

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Smoke and clouds linger over High Park Fire burn area near Ted's Place. MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS

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Customers walk into Vern's convenience store as the window thanks firefighters for their efforts on the High Park Fire near Laporte. MARC PISCOTTY/REUTERS

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A resident watches the High Park fire only a few miles from her home in Glacier View Meadows, northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

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A message is painted on a truck near where the High Park fire has burned out, west of Fort Collins, in Colorado. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

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A truck drives down the highway under the smoke plume from the High Park fire at sunset, west of Fort Collins. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Smoke from the High Park fire rolls across the mountains at sunset, west of Fort Collins. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

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Water tanker helicopter drops on the High Park fire west of Fort Collins. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Heavy air tanker drops fire retardant on High Park fire west of Fort Collins. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

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Fire rages through the forest in the High Park fire west of Fort Collins. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Local resident Paskett watches the High Park fire burn near her home, west of Fort Collins. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Local resident Crawford watches High Park fire burn near his home, west of Fort Collins. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Fire rages through forest in the High Park fire west of Fort Collins. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

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The stairs of a home destroyed in the High Park fire is seen near Fort Collins. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

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Handout photo of a heavy air tanker dropping fire retardant on the High Park fire west of Fort Collins. HANDOUT/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Handout photo of a heavy air tanker dropping fire retardant on the High Park fire west of Fort Collins. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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The downtown skyline of Denver, Colorado is obscured by smoke from the many wildfires burning in the state. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Flames explode next to a house in a mountain subdivision, west of Colorado Springs. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

The setting sun is obscured by smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

The sun illuminates through the smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire, west of Colorado Springs. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

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Handout photo of an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules expeling water over Peterson Air Force Base. HANDOUT/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Trees burn in the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

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Smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire engulfs highway in Colorado. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire engulfs a highway in Colorado. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

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Smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire hovers over the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

Smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire hovers over the I-25 north of Colorado Springs in Colorado. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

The Colorado Wildfires

A firefighting helicopter approaches the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado. RICK WILKING/REUTERS

Jun 27, 2012