Community still recovering from 2002 wildfire

11:15 PM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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Beautiful landscapes were destroyed within hours and the forest service says it will take a century for trees and hillsides to repair. 
Communities in Southwest Colorado are still recovering from a massive wildfire in 2002. The Missionary Ridge Fire swallowed up nearly 73,000 acres and destroyed 56 homes. One firefighter was killed in the blaze.

Ten years later, the scars are still noticeable. When you visit the beautiful community of Vallecito, you can't help but notice the burnt trees along the hillsides.

Folks who live in the town say the mountains used to beam with the color green. Despite their change in color, residents say they still love it there.

Experts say it takes about a hundred years for trees and greenery to grow back.

Ten years later, people who live in Vallecito say they're happy with the results.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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