LOOK: A firefighter’s view from the Cold Springs Fire

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Rubble marks the remains of one of several houses destroyed by the Cold Springs Fire. (Chief Jeff Berino / Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

Rubble marks the remains of one of several houses destroyed by the Cold Springs Fire. (Chief Jeff Berino / Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue provided these images, shot by Chief Jeff Berino, for republication by Denverite. He’s one of about 300 firefighters who have descended on the wildfire north of Nederland, which was spotted on Saturday and has grown steadily through today, July 11.

The fire has chewed already through hundreds of acres. It has left behind blackened forests, and emergency responders say they haven’t yet contained its spread.

The Cold Springs Fire billows behind a stand of burnt trees. (Chief Jeff Berino / Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

The Cold Springs Fire billows behind a stand of burnt trees. (Chief Jeff Berino / Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

Two dozen aircraft are on scene, laying lines of fire-retardant chemicals, but high winds are helping the fire to jump across those defenses.

An aircraft lays a line of fire suppressant. (Chief Jeff Berino / Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

An aircraft lays a line of fire suppressant. (Chief Jeff Berino / Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

The blaze has left behind a burnt-out moonscape. Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated, and the authorities have tried to rescue pets and livestock too.

Many of the homeowners near the Cold Springs Fire keep livestock and pets. (Chief Jeff Merino / Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

Many of the homeowners near the Cold Springs Fire keep livestock and pets. (Chief Jeff Merino / Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

A fire this large is relatively uncommon, but professionals and volunteer firefighters from all over the state have the training to fight it. For many mountain towns, fire departments are a vital safeguard and a central element of the community.

Firefighters from all over Colorado, and several other states, are racing to contain the Cold Springs Fire. (Chief Jeff Merino / Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)

Firefighters from all over Colorado, and several other states, are racing to contain the Cold Springs Fire. (Chief Jeff Merino / Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue)