The 6 Most Gripping Videos of the Colorado Wildfires

From fleeing families to towering infernos, the video clips you need to watch from the Colorado High Park wildfires.

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Aaron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post / AP

A helicopter flies over as High Park fire burns west of Fort Collins, Colo. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

Wildfires that began in Colorado on June 8 have destroyed more than 100 structures and have taken one life, Reuters reports, and much of the blaze has yet to be contained. One fire is already the third-largest in the state’s history, and with other conflagrations spreading across Colorado, Utah and  New Mexico, what looks to be a long and deadly summer fire season is getting off to an early start.

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But there’s one thing about forests fires: it’s hard to look away. Dozens of camera-toting observers — both amateur and professional — have taken some incredible footage of the conflagrations. Here are our favorites, both harrowing and dazzling:

1. This must-watch home video documents one family’s narrow escape from the flames, with terrified young children in tow. This raw footage includes a harrowing drive away from the blaze, starting at 1:29.

2.  A segment on NBC Nightly News from June 11 features reporting on the out-of-control blaze along with a view of the damage from space (0:50) and personal accounts from evacuees.

3. This video, posted by an independent YouTube user, features some striking shots of trees going up in flames (starting at 0:19) and a bold yellow sky (at 0:13).

4.  This NBC Nightly News broadcast from June 12 includes views of forests and neighborhoods left in wreckage in the fire’s wake.

5. Cameras on the ground captured a hellish inferno, but the aerial views captured the hazy dreamworld above. WLFI.com’s opening shot of sun glaring off the white smoke is almost serene.

6. This Associated Press video of the earliest fires in March features some dramatic night shots (starting at 0:41) of the forest ablaze.

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