Last week, President Barack Obama toured the Mountain Shadow neighborhood devastated by the Waldo Canyon Fire to see the destruction firsthand.
But before the president landed, as he flew over the Colorado in Air Force One, a photo of some of the state's wildfires was taken from a window inside the aircraft -- several smoke plumes and a general haze from the multiple fires burning across the state are visible.
Near Colorado Springs, the Waldo Canyon Fire burning since June 23rd is already the most destructive wildfire in state history. The fire forced the evacuation of at least 32,000 residents, has consumed 17,827 acres, engulfed nearly 350 homes and killed at least two people. As of Monday, the fire is 55 percent contained.
Days of record heat produced a surge of new fires burning throughout Colorado and also provided fuel and devastating growth conditions for the fires already burning. As many as ten major fires were burning around the state last week, all part of the worst wildfire season in a decade.
LOOK Smoke plumes rise from Colorado's wildfires as Air Force One flies overhead:
Additional photos of Obama's tour and the Waldo Canyon Fire: