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"Epic" fires across the state have forced thousands of evacuations and damaged hundreds of homes.

"Epic" wildfires rage in Colorado, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents and tourists. There are no reports of deaths or injuries, but hundreds of homes have been destroyed. Below, scenes from the wreckage:

A burned all-terrain vehicle (ATV) sits in the ashes of a garage on Kuehster Road near Conifer, Colorado amongst burned trees. Ten residents whose homes were destroyed in the fire were briefly allowed back to inspect the damage. The fire burning in the foothills and canyons near Denver has killed an elderly couple and destroyed 22 homes. Photo by: Rick Wilking/Reuters



Robby Wood (L) of Denver, Colorado and his 16-year-old nephew Jacob Wood also of Denver, Colorado watch as smoke and flames encroach upon homes and ranches on the eastern front of the High Park Fire near Laporte, Colorado. Photo by Marc Piscotty/Reuters



A sign is placed near where the High Park fire has burned out, west of Fort Collins, in Colora
An aerial view shows homes destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs. Firefighters struggled to beat back a fiercely aggressive wildfire raging at the edge of Colorado Springs that has forced at least 35,000 people from their homes and was nipping at the edges of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Photo by John Wark/Reutersdo. The fire has charred more than 85 square miles (200 square km) and sent a plume of smoke billowing thousands of feet into the air. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters



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