Firefighter John Lauer, seen at the scene of a wildfire in Montana, led a campaign for health coverage of seasonal firefighters and their families.
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July 11, 2012 President Obama has told federal agencies to start offering seasonal firefighters the same health benefits year-round federal employees get. The order came as legislation to make the change was introduced in Congress.
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A heart made of bricks from a home destroyed by the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo.
July 3, 2012 Firefighters achieved a "major breakthrough" when they doused a hot spot. But the crash of one Air Force tanker forced the temporary grounding of some other such aircraft.
On Sunday in Colorado Springs, residents waited for word about whether their homes had survived the Waldo Canyon wildfire.
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July 2, 2012 Though about 350 homes were destroyed and two people died, most residents have been allowed back to the area that the Waldo Canyon wildfire swept through. It's now about 55 percent contained.
This aerial photo taken Thursday shows the destructive path of the Waldo Canyon fire in the Mountain Shadows subdivision area of Colorado Springs, Colo.
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June 29, 2012 That grim news comes as firefighters report progress in battling the flames, and as the weather forecast bodes well for making more gains today. President Obama is visiting the area today.
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Mikke Carlson took photos of the smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire while wearing a gas mask on Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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June 28, 2012 In Colorado Springs, a huge wildfire continues to destroy homes and threaten the city. More than 1,000 firefighters are on the scene. There are other blazes in seven western states.
A wildfire burns near houses outside Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunday, when the fire grew to more than three square miles. More than 11,000 residents have been evacuated.
June 25, 2012 In Colorado, high temperatures and extremely low humidity are feeding wildfires, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents from areas that include popular tourist sites. According to The Denver Post, the Waldo Canyon fire "has burned 3,446 acres and remains zero percent contained."
The ruins of a home destroyed by a wildfire are framed by a child's swing set near Conifer, Colo., on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
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March 29, 2012 The Colorado Forest Service says an ember from a controlled fire escaped and triggered the deadly Lower North Fork Wildfire this week. Gov. John Hickenlooper has suspended further controlled burns until an investigation is complete.
The Texas A&M Aggies celebrate winning the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four on April 5, 2011.
April 6, 2011 Robert Gates visits Saudi Arabia; Italian leader fails to show at trial; Colorado wildfires; Texas A&M wins Women's NCAA basketball championship
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