The Waldo Canyon Fire continues to burn in areas near Colorado Springs. As of Sunday evening, the blaze was 55% contained, but burned nearly 18,000 acres, including almost 350 homes in the city, with two fatalities. Late last week, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin donned flame resistant clothing and a hard hat to join a media group allowed to visit burned areas of the Pike National Forest. She has this collection of sound and images from the journey.

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