Residents return after Colorado wildfires
Residents began returning to charred communities yesterday after the most destructive wildfires in Colorado history forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and left the landscape a blackened wasteland.
Bears and burglars posed further danger to homeowners who headed back to towns and cities after the fires, which killed two people.
The Waldo Canyon fire scorched nearly 17,000 acres and devastated communities around Colorado Springs, the state's second-largest city.
Governor John Hickenlooper said he believed the worst was over and almost all of the seven blazes were under control.
Meanwhile more than three million people in the eastern US faced a second day of 40C temperatures without electricity after storms ripped through the region and killed 13. It could be several days before all power outages in Washington, DC, and elsewhere are restored.