After Colorado wildfire, homeowners return to ’unreal’ scenes

 Monday, July 2, 2012

 Los Angeles Times

Melted bowling balls in the front yard were among the strange sights that greeted C.J. Moore upon her return Sunday to her two-story home, reduced to ashes by the worst wildfire in Colorado history. "You wouldn’t think bowling balls would melt," she said by phone from her Mountain Shadows neighborhood, where she was among residents allowed to visit areas most affected by the fire. More than a week after it began June 23, the Waldo Canyon fire was still being attacked by about 1,500 firefighters. Crews working grueling shifts through the hot weekend made progress against the 26-square-mile blaze, and authorities said they were confident they finally had built good fire lines in many areas to stop the spread of the flames.