Colorado’s Waldo Canyon ‘Super Fire’ Claims First Victim

The most destructive blaze in Colorado's history has s far destroyed 346 homes and taken one life.

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A helicopters flies over as the Waldo Canyon Fire continues to burn Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Colorado’s most destructive fire has now destroyed 346 homes and taken one life. The Waldo Canyon Fire, which is the most destructive in the state’s history, is now being called a “super fire.”

The blaze “is not even close” to being under control, Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown told the Today show on Wednesday. A source this morning estimated that the fire was 15 percent contained.

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Authorities found a body among the debris of a destroyed home late in Colorado Springs on Thursday. Two other people have been reported missing.

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Several wildfires have torn through the state since May, and authorities had already declared this fire season the worst Colorado has ever seen. The Waldo Canyon Fire began last weekend and has already proved more destructive than any of the previous blazes.

“There was nothing left in some areas — burned out foundations that were smoldering. It looked like a nuclear weapon had been dropped. It’s as close to hell as I could imagine,” Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach told the Today show.

President Barack Obama has declared Colorado a disaster area, allowing it to receive federal disaster relief aid. He plans to visit Colorado Springs on Friday, CNN reports.

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