West of the city of Colorado Springs, trees charred by the summer's wildfire scar the steep foothills. The Waldo Canyon fire destroyed more than 300 homes in June.
Now, that devastated neighborhood is coming back to life, with construction workers swarming over half-completed houses. While many of its former residents are preparing to move back, some just want to move on.
In the days after the fire devoured their homes, shell-shocked residents tried to wrap their minds around what had just happened to them.
A new report[.pdf] by a California-based housing and real estate data firm puts Colorado second only to California in a ranking of the number of homes at a “very high” risk of being damaged or destroyed by wildfires.