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Aggressive wildfires continue to burn through drought-parched terrain in Colorado and New Mexico, and federal officials expect that it will be months—or longer—before the fires are controlled.

On June 9, lightning ignited what has become the most destructive blaze in Colorado’s history. Surpassing the 2010 fire above Boulder that destroyed 169 dwellings, the “High Park Fire” has already claimed one life and 248 properties (as of June 25), with property damage expected to grow.

The more than 600 firefighters tackling the High Park blaze have encountered their share of hurdles so far, including strong winds and searing heat. On June 10, they contended with yet another obstacle: meteors. Amid four separate reports of meteors, aerial firefighting resources were temporarily halted as a precautionary measure.

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