A week of wild weather

on Jun 28 2012
by Antony Bennison
This week has seen many environmental disasters as the weather around the world takes lives and destroys livelihoods. Flooding, wildfires, landslides and droughts have been seen around the globe these past seven days.
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Nebraska National Guard crewmembers of Company C 2nd-135th General Support Aviation Battalion dump water from a Bambi bucket onto flames of the High Park fire west of Fort Collins. The blaze, which started on 9 June, was caused by a lightning strike and has torched over 65,000 acres to date. The Colorado wildfire that is the state's most destructive on record and has continued to rage dangerously close to a residential subdivision as winds stoked the flames, fire officials said.Fighting the Colorado wildfire
Smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire hovers over the I-25 north of Colorado Springs in Colorado. The monster wildfire raging near some of the most visited tourist areas in the state took a turn for the worse on Tuesday as hot winds pushed flames north, prompting the evacuation of 7,000 more people, officials said.Evacuation
A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon fire burning behind the US Air Force Academy, west of Colorado Springs. Firefighters are struggling to beat back the wildfire.Water drop
A long line of US Army vehicles and equipment from Ft. Carson arrives at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The wildfire has forced at least 35,000 people from their homes and was nipping at the edges of the academy on Wednesday. The convoy included many large earth-moving machines, troops and supplies for the army to use to help defend the academy from the fire.Fire defence
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