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Photos: The people of the Waldo Canyon fire

"We will rebuild Majestic Drive."

These are the words of Terry Rector, a Colorado Springs lawyer who gathered with a number of others who also lived on Majestic (map here), before the area was devastated by the Waldo Canyon fire.

Yesterday, photographer Brandon Marshall spent the day in the Springs at gatherings like this one, meeting the people affected by the blaze, as well as those lending a helping hand and leading the fight to extinguish the flames once and for all. He tells their stories in words and pictures below.

Beth Bushie, left, and Bernadette Zajack of Majestic Drive, greet each other at the Phantom Brewing Company.
Beth Bushie, left, and Bernadette Zajack of Majestic Drive, greet each other at the Phantom Brewing Company.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Majestic Drive's Richard Zajack and Beth Bushie at Phantom.
Majestic Drive's Richard Zajack and Beth Bushie at Phantom.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
The displaced Majestic Drive residents gained strength from spending time with each other.
The displaced Majestic Drive residents gained strength from spending time with each other.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
From left to right: Majestic Drive residents Bernadette Zajack, Matt Lieven, Melina Lieven and Terry Rector at Phantom.
From left to right: Majestic Drive residents Bernadette Zajack, Matt Lieven, Melina Lieven and Terry Rector at Phantom.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Richard Zajack of Majestic Drive.
Richard Zajack of Majestic Drive.
Photo by Brandon Marshall

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Beth and Jason Bushie.
Beth and Jason Bushie.
Photo by Brandon Marshall

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Melina Lieven and Terry Rector share stories about life on Majestic Drive.
Melina Lieven and Terry Rector share stories about life on Majestic Drive.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Bernadette and Richard Zajack.
Bernadette and Richard Zajack.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
At one Red Cross shelter, located at Cheyenne Mountain High School gymnasium, cots are lined-up and ready for displaced residents in need.
At one Red Cross shelter, located at Cheyenne Mountain High School gymnasium, cots are lined-up and ready for displaced residents in need.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
A Salvation Army food truck is providing free meals to displaced fire victims at Cheyenne Mountain High School.
A Salvation Army food truck is providing free meals to displaced fire victims at Cheyenne Mountain High School.
Photo by Brandon Marshall

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Salvation Army volunteers providing meals to displaced fire victims.
Salvation Army volunteers providing meals to displaced fire victims.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Lynne Redman and Derrick Redman (and their dogs Vinny and Geno) at the Cheyenne Mountain High School shelter. The status of their home is unknown. The couple says, "The worst part of this whole deal is not knowing."
Lynne Redman and Derrick Redman (and their dogs Vinny and Geno) at the Cheyenne Mountain High School shelter. The status of their home is unknown. The couple says, "The worst part of this whole deal is not knowing."
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Salvation Army workers brace their structure for high winds.
Salvation Army workers brace their structure for high winds.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
A Red Cross volunteer shows the shelter area at Cheyenne Mountain High School.
A Red Cross volunteer shows the shelter area at Cheyenne Mountain High School.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
A Red Cross volunteer fills out paperwork.
A Red Cross volunteer fills out paperwork.
Photo by Brandon Marshall

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Tonya Rose, in the Colorado Springs evacuation area. She is also working as a volunteer while staying at the Cheyenne Mountain High School shelter. She says she "is so grateful to volunteer." Tonya will also volunteer when she returns home.
Tonya Rose, in the Colorado Springs evacuation area. She is also working as a volunteer while staying at the Cheyenne Mountain High School shelter. She says she "is so grateful to volunteer." Tonya will also volunteer when she returns home.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Michelle Dane, also on pre-evacuation notice, has been volunteering at the Red Cross. When Michelle arrived at the Red Cross shelter, only twelve cots were available for 150 people. Even though Michelle could return home, she says she would rather remain safe and continue to volunteer.
Michelle Dane, also on pre-evacuation notice, has been volunteering at the Red Cross. When Michelle arrived at the Red Cross shelter, only twelve cots were available for 150 people. Even though Michelle could return home, she says she would rather remain safe and continue to volunteer.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
A group of citizens drop off donations at the Red Cross shelter at Cheyenne Mountain High School.
A group of citizens drop off donations at the Red Cross shelter at Cheyenne Mountain High School.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
A displaced resident shares his frustration with Tommy Smith, Colorado Springs Fire Deputy Chief, about not being allowed to return to his home, as a Colorado Springs Police officer listens.
A displaced resident shares his frustration with Tommy Smith, Colorado Springs Fire Deputy Chief, about not being allowed to return to his home, as a Colorado Springs Police officer listens.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
A displaced couple try to find answers at the press conference on Thursday afternoon.
A displaced couple try to find answers at the press conference on Thursday afternoon.
Photo by Brandon Marshall

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A map displaying the burn and evacuation areas.
A map displaying the burn and evacuation areas.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Tommy Smith speaks at a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs meeting.
Tommy Smith speaks at a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs meeting.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Greg Heule, a retired veteran of the Colorado Springs Fire Department, as well as a public information officer for the Waldo Canyon fire, addresses attendees.
Greg Heule, a retired veteran of the Colorado Springs Fire Department, as well as a public information officer for the Waldo Canyon fire, addresses attendees.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Jerri Marr, forest supervisor for Pike and San Isabel National Forests, discusses the day's tactics.
Jerri Marr, forest supervisor for Pike and San Isabel National Forests, discusses the day's tactics.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Incident Commander Rich Harvey displays the containment area.
Incident Commander Rich Harvey displays the containment area.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach provides additional information to residents and the media.
Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach provides additional information to residents and the media.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Colorado Springs Emergency Management Director Bret Waters at the news conference.
Colorado Springs Emergency Management Director Bret Waters at the news conference.
Photo by Brandon Marshall

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