Firefighting Efforts Resume Amid Deadly Crash

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Firefighting crews are continuing to brave harsh and dangerous conditions in an effort to douse wildfires still going strong across the west.

U.S. Northern Command said Air Force C-130 tankers will resume efforts later Tuesday, even after a deadly crash involving an air team.

The Air Force firefighting plane crashed in the Black Hills of South Dakota, killing four of six crew members on board. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Air crews were grounded briefly following the ordeal.

Officials said the airmen fighting the fires repeatedly confront dangerous conditions willingly, in an effort to help firefighters on the ground and save communities.

"The men and women battling these terrible fires across the West put their lives on the line every day for their fellow Americans," President Obama said in a statement, adding that his thoughts and prayers are with the South Dakota crew and their families.

In Colorado, the Waldo Canyon fire is 70 percent contained. Full containment is not expected for a few more weeks.

Residents are beginning to return to what's left of their homes, eager to start the process of repairing and rebuilding. Nearly 350 homes there were destroyed.

Major fires also continue to burn in Montana and Wyoming.

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