Nightly News | June 10, 2012
>>> good sunday evening to you from west to east. this has been a weekend of dangerous extremes. hot, dry weather is fanning more wildfires in the west. the latest barely 36 hours old has exploded in colorado , driving hundreds from their homes, and is still on the march tonight with zero percent contained. meanwhile, it's rain, historic amounts, that have flooded parts of the gulf coast with up to 20 inches so far. pensacola has suffered at least $20 million in damage, and dangerous rip currents have claimed at least one life. nbc's mike dtaibbi leads off the discussion.
>> reporter: fort collins , colorado , 14,000-acre behemoth, and growing one day later.
>> you never have everything you'd like to have. but you could have had everything in the world.
>> reporter: what the high park fire did was to drive winds along timber past the best efforts of a dozen air tankers and choppers and hundreds of firefighters on the ground. hundreds were evacuated, some already knowing what was lost.
>> my house is gone. and now i'm not going to have a home. and i have no place to go.
>> reporter: this wasn't the old wildfire stretching the resources that poured in from around the country. while colorado was one alarming hot spot , new mexico's little bear fire became another when a stubborn blaze that had been con taped for days was whipped by fresh winds across some 10,000 additional acres. hundreds more evacuated here. along the dpufl coast, rain. hurricane-caliber rain without the hurricane. a foot and a half in pensacola in one day. it flooded shopping malls and turned shopping malls into lakes. in alabama, two inches of rain an hour washed out roads and suddenly stranded residents trying to save what they could.
>> i got a couple of cows behind the barn. i was making sure they wasn't floating away.
>> reporter: it's the western fire th fire, the first responders trying to get the word out that this is a battle.
>> i can't count the number of times we had flames licking at the units that were doing the evacuations.
>> reporter: and the growth potential of this fire, according to the u.s. fire service , the ominous one-word answer, high. mike dtaibbi.