06.27.12 10:54 PM ET
Shocking Photos From the Colorado Wildfires
President Obama announced Friday that he will head to Colorado to survey the damage from a 15,000-acre blaze that is currently only 5 percent contained and has driven 35,000 residents to flee from its angry wake. Record temperatures and powerful winds have hindered firefighting efforts, continually driving the fire past containment lines. Colorado officials said the situation was “as serious as it gets” and has exceeded their preparations for even the most extreme disasters.