Crews Battling Colorado Wildfire Hold Flames In Check

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Authorities lifted evacuations in a wide swath of terrain outside Colorado Springs on Friday as they said a surprise rain shower helped them tame a wildfire that has destroyed 400 homes.

Just one day after they cleared out the Flying Horse neighborhood in northern Colorado Springs, officials let people back into their houses. They also re-opened an eastern swath of the Black Forest, east of Meridian Road.

Incident Commander Rich Harvey said the Black Forest Fire is now 30 percent contained. It was only 5 percent contained Thursday evening.

The fire is already the most destructive in Colorado history. It began Tuesday. Officials warned it is still hot and could flare up again if the weather shifts.

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