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Photos capture Waldo Canyon Fire threat to U.S. Air Force Academy

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 7:03am MDT

Tuesday afternoon the Waldo Canyon Fire west of Colorado Springs exploded with extraordinary ferocity.  The blaze moved toward the Air Force Academy prompting the base to evacuate some personnel.

The scene that evening was an eerie one as the sky was darkened by the smoke and the setting sun provided an orange cast.  Click here to view a slideshow on Examiner.com of some amazing photos from the academy as the flames encroached.

A rapidly spreading smoke cloud surrounds the U.S. Air Force Academy's T-38 in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 26, 2012.  Click the image to view a slideshow of the fire near the academy. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Mike Kaplan)

A rapidly spreading smoke cloud surrounds the U.S. Air Force Academy's T-38 in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 26, 2012. Click the image to view a slideshow of the fire near the academy. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Mike Kaplan)

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