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Crews battling Colo. wildfire hold flames in check

June 14, 2013 • National News


Karen Hilborn and her son Alex wait to head into the Black Forest fire burn zone with a police escort to gather items from their home Friday, June 14, 2013 near Colorado Springs, Colo. The Hilborn’s home was spared but approximately 40 other structures on Holmes Road burned to the ground. Little more than 36 hours after it started in the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs, the blaze surpassed last June’s Waldo Canyon fire as the most destructive in state history. That blaze burned 347 homes and killed two people. Bradley thinks her home escaped the fire. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities lifted evacuations in a wide swath of terrain outside Colorado Springs on Friday as they said a surprise rain shower helped them expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed 400 homes.

Just one day after clearing out the Flying Horse neighborhood in northern Colorado Springs, officials allowed people back into at least 1,000 houses. They also re-opened an eastern swath of the nearby Black Forest area in El Paso County.

Incident Commander Rich Harvey said the Black Forest Fire — the most destructive in Colorado history — is now 30 percent contained. It was only 5 percent contained Thursday.

The fire, in which two people died while apparently trying to escape their home, began Tuesday during record-setting heat and tinder-dry conditions. Officials warned it still Login to read more

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