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Two Destructive Wildfires in El Paso County on Unique Recovery Paths Two Places Two Recoveries Looking Forward

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It was the worst of fires – and then came another one even worse. It was a fire in a subdivision and then it was one in a wooded, rural community. It was a fire of quick rebuilding and then it was one where the landscape won’t return for a generation.

The month of June marks the anniversaries of the state’s two most destructive wildfires. The Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires happened about a year apart in the same county, each killing two people and destroying hundreds of homes. That’s about where the similarities end.

“I would venture to say that the only similarities between the two fires was the fact that there were fires,” said Roger Lovell, director of building operations for the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department.

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