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Christmas tree tradition survives Colorado wildfire

3:21 PM, Nov 22, 2012   |    comments
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - JUNE 30: Smoke billows at sunrise from part of the Waldo Canyon fire on June 30, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The massive fire, which has eased with the help of cooler temperatures and lighter winds, has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced more than 35,000 people to flee. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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The U.S. Forest Service says last summer's Waldo Canyon Fire didn't touch the area of the forest where generations have gone to cut live Christmas trees. 

Each year, about 5,000 people buy $10 permits to cut a tree. Christmas tree seekers can choose from lodgepole, limber and ponderosa pine as well as Engelmann spruce and Douglas fir. Chain saws are not allowed.

Permits can be obtained from Nov. 26 to Dec. 12. 

Families are limited to five trees. The Waldo Canyon Fire erupted June 23 and went on to kill two people and damage or destroy 359 homes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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