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“It’s devastating to the people who have been affected, but the great majority of the forest product here and the lakes and the beauty of this area remains exactly as it was before and what’s happening is people are staying away because they think the whole area’s been burned out," Romney said. "It’s not. It’s beautiful.”

At a town hall meeting earlier in the day in Grand Junction, Romney introduced J.D. TenNapel, a 15-year-old boy who experienced second-degree burns while warning his neighbors of the coming fires. 

Romney said stories like TenNapel's showed "the greatness of the human spirit" as the fires threatened Colorado towns.

President Obama toured the wildfire damage during a swing through the state late last month. The president promised additional federal aid and met with firefighters and first responders.

"Obviously, as you saw in the some of these subdivisions, the devastation is enormous. And our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who have been affected," the president said.