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Colorado wildfires

The drought and heat combined to cause some of the most destructive wildfires in Colorado's history. At one point a half-dozen blazes were raging across the state, including a patch near Colorado Springs. (Gaylon Wampler/AP Photo)

YIR 2012: Superstorms and Scorchers

Mother Nature made her mark again this year and did so, unfortunately, in the most extreme ways: hellish heat, drought, superstorms and other wild weather events.