Officials: Colorado Blaze Held At Bay Overnight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Friday, June 29, 2012

Firefighting commanders say the blaze that killed one person and destroyed 346 houses was held at bay overnight and did not grow or destroy any more homes.

Incident commander Rich Harvey says firefighters hope to make more progress Friday after the weather helped their efforts a day earlier.

Firefighters say the Waldo Canyon Fire has burned 26 square miles, down from their earlier estimate of 29 square miles. More precise mapping often results in revisions of size estimates for active fires.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey says one person is reported missing at the same home where human remains were found.

Carey says authorities are trying to track down "less than 10" people who may be unaccounted for.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

Friday, June 29, 2012

President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration for Colorado, releasing federal funds to help areas affected by two deadly and destructive wildfires.

Obama's declaration Thursday makes federal funds available for emergency protective measures for areas affected by the High Park fire in northern Colorado and the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs. Federal funds also are available for crisis counseling and disaster unemployment assistance for affected residents in El Paso and Larimer counties.

Colorado Springs officials say the Waldo Canyon fire has left one person dead and has destroyed an estimated 346 homes.

The High Park fire has killed one person and has destroyed 257 homes.


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