Firefighters Holding Line on Colorado Wildfire; Evacuations Lifted

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

UPDATE, Friday 4:25PM:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Colorado authorities lifted mandatory evacuation orders in the state's second largest city as a historically damaging fire continued to burn to the northeast.

The El Paso County Sheriff's office made the announcement Friday afternoon in a tweet, but said other evacuation orders in the fire zone were still in place.

The evacuation order in Colorado Springs impacted 1,000 homes in a northern slice of the city.

So far, 400 homes have been destroyed, but authorities continue to assess the damage from the fire near Colorado Springs.

On Friday, the fire appeared to be less active, producing some haze but no plumes of smoke as it did earlier. Firefighters were also aided by rainfall in the afternoon.

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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


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