Rebuilding After the Waldo Canyon Fire

A little more than a year ago, one of the most destructive wildfires in Colorado history claimed 346 homes and two lives (covered by In Focus here and here). The Waldo Canyon Fire swept through neighborhoods of Colorado Springs, taking out entire streets and leaving the landscape blackened. Residents vowed to rebuild, and construction has quickly brought many of the neighborhoods back, some places nearly fully recovered. Reuters photographer Rick Wilking and others have been tracking the story since the first flames erupted last year, revisiting now and then to document the reconstruction of a community. The photos below show a brief glimpse of that journey: what comes next for those affected by such a disaster.

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