Air Tanker Crashes While Fighting Wildfire
No word yet on crew's status in South Dakota crash
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2012 8:41 AM CDT
Smoke billows from part of the Waldo Canyon fire on June 30, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – At least one major blaze is finally coming under control, but wildfires aren't done wreaking havoc across the West: In South Dakota yesterday, a military air tanker crashed while fighting the White Draw Fire, which has burned through 4,200 acres since Friday and is 30% contained, CNN reports. "There are no details on the status of the aircrew available at this time," reads a statement, and the cause is being investigated.

Meanwhile, in Colorado, the Waldo Canyon Fire is 55% contained and most evacuation orders for Colorado Springs residents were lifted last night, CNN adds, though it could be mid-July before the fire is fully contained. Residents returned to "unreal" scenes, the AP reports: mail sitting unscathed in charred homes' mailboxes; bowling balls melted. Ten other fires are currently blazing in Colorado, and more rage in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico; the AP has updates on those states.
 

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