10 more homes destroyed in Colorado wildfire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1:40 P.M.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Ten more homes have been found burned by what was already Colorado's most destructive wildfire.

An updated list released Friday shows 389 homes destroyed as authorities continue to assess the damage from the fire near Colorado Springs.

The homes were burned earlier in the Black Forest Fire and have only now been surveyed. Only one home burned Thursday and none were lost overnight.

On Friday, the fire appeared to be less active, producing some haze but no plumes of smoke as it did earlier.

UPDATE 10:58 A.M.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Firefighters are holding the line on a wildfire near Colorado Springs that has destroyed 379 homes and may have killed two people as they tried to escape.

The fire remained at 25 square miles Friday thanks to lighter winds and firefighters quickly stamping out flare-ups. Incident commander Rich Harvey says deputies patrolling for looters helped direct crews to dozens of hot spots.

For the first time since the fire started Tuesday, authorities seem optimistic that they can stop it. Harvey says they were moving toward turning the corner.

A day after announcing the deaths and record-breaking destruction, El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa even made a joke about the weather. He asked everyone to wash their cars in hopes of raising the chances of rain.

UPDATE 7:15 A.M.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says firefighters have at least temporarily battled to a "draw" with a fast-moving fire that has already killed two people and destroyed 379 homes.

After nearly doubling in size, the fire held at about 25 square miles Thursday despite more swirling winds and bone-dry conditions. 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.

Maketa said crews on Thursday found the remains of two people who appeared to be trying to flee. The victims were found in a garage in Black Forest and apparently died in the first hours after the fire ignited Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier Thursday, residents were ordered to leave 1,000 homes in Colorado Springs. The evacuation was the first within the city limits. About 38,000 other people living across roughly 70 square miles were already under orders to get out.


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