The Qwest work crew arrives at a still smoldering area near Deckers, Colorado On June 8, 2002, a fire began in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest, about 30 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado. Firefighters struggled with the flames for nearly three weeks before their efforts and fortuitous rainstorms combined to put out the fire. By then, over 137,760 acres and 500 buildings had been destroyed.

Qwest Communications employees set up temporary lines for emergency workers and residents, and when the fire had been put out, began the arduous task of restoring service.

For more information about the fire: US Forest Service Hayman Fire Case Study - www.fs.fed.us/rm/hayman_fire

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A temporary line set up in a mail box for residents of the area.
Burned poles and cable show the extent of the damage



Burned poles and cable show the extent of the damage
The Qwest work crew stringing cable
Qwest lineman




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PICTURED: (above, beginning of article) The Qwest work crew arrives at a still smoldering area near Deckers, Colorado (used by permission of photographer, Michael Gamer, Denver, Colorado).