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Firefighters advance containment on Colo. wildfire

  • Jasen Dill, left, and Judy Pohlod discuss returning to their homes, which made it through the Black Forest fire safely, as a storm passes overhead at the corner of Hodgen Road and Highway 83 Friday, June 14, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colo. . (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT

    Jasen Dill, left, and Judy Pohlod discuss returning to their homes, which made it through the Black Forest fire safely, as a storm passes overhead at the corner of Hodgen Road and Highway 83 Friday, June 14, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colo. . (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT

  • Black Forest, Colo., resident Carol Sisk, center, is embraced by her husband Marc during an informational meeting on the progress of the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Black Forest, Colo., resident Carol Sisk, center, is embraced by her husband Marc during an informational meeting on the progress of the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Black Forest, Colo., resident Carol Sisk, center, is embraced by her husband Marc during an informational meeting on the progress of the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Black Forest, Colo., resident Carol Sisk, center, is embraced by her husband Marc during an informational meeting on the progress of the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Evacuess and fire officials listen to a news briefing on the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 14, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Evacuess and fire officials listen to a news briefing on the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 14, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Judy Scott, of Black Forest, Colo. waits for an informational meeting for residents affected by the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Scott's home was partially damaged by the fire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Judy Scott, of Black Forest, Colo. waits for an informational meeting for residents affected by the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Scott's home was partially damaged by the fire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Judy Scott, of Black Forest, Colo. waits for an informational meeting for residents affected by the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Scott's home was partially damaged by the fire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Judy Scott, of Black Forest, Colo. waits for an informational meeting for residents affected by the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Scott's home was partially damaged by the fire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Incident Commander Rich Harvey gives an update on the Black Forest Fire during a news briefing in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 14, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Incident Commander Rich Harvey gives an update on the Black Forest Fire during a news briefing in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 14, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Black Forest resident Bonnie Kruse tears up during a briefing on the progress of the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 14, 2013. Authorities announced the Black Forest Fire at 30 percent containment on Friday afternoon. Bonnie's family lost five homes to the Black Forest Fire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Black Forest resident Bonnie Kruse tears up during a briefing on the progress of the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 14, 2013. Authorities announced the Black Forest Fire at 30 percent containment on Friday afternoon. Bonnie's family lost five homes to the Black Forest Fire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

    Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

    Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

    Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

    Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday, June 14, 2013. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

    Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday, June 14, 2013. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday, June 14, 2013. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

    Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday, June 14, 2013. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a trouble area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday, June 13, 2013. 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.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

    A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a trouble area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday, June 13, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a trouble area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

    A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a trouble area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a trouble area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

    A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a trouble area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a troubled area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

    A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a troubled area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a troubled area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

    A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a troubled area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a troubled area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

    A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a troubled area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

  • Jasen Dill, left, and Judy Pohlod discuss returning to their homes, which made it through the Black Forest fire safely, as a storm passes overhead at the corner of Hodgen Road and Highway 83 Friday, June 14, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colo. . (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT
  • Black Forest, Colo., resident Carol Sisk, center, is embraced by her husband Marc during an informational meeting on the progress of the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Black Forest, Colo., resident Carol Sisk, center, is embraced by her husband Marc during an informational meeting on the progress of the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Evacuess and fire officials listen to a news briefing on the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 14, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Judy Scott, of Black Forest, Colo. waits for an informational meeting for residents affected by the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Scott's home was partially damaged by the fire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Judy Scott, of Black Forest, Colo. waits for an informational meeting for residents affected by the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Scott's home was partially damaged by the fire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Incident Commander Rich Harvey gives an update on the Black Forest Fire during a news briefing in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 14, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Black Forest resident Bonnie Kruse tears up during a briefing on the progress of the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 14, 2013. Authorities announced the Black Forest Fire at 30 percent containment on Friday afternoon. Bonnie's family lost five homes to the Black Forest Fire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT
  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT
  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT
  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT
  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday, June 14, 2013. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT
  • Black Forest Fire evacuee Cindy Miller, left, hugs her husband Ray before he checks on their property with an El Paso County Sheriff's escort in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday, June 14, 2013. The Millers lost their house in the fire. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chan) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT
  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a trouble area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on Friday, June 13, 2013. 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.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)
  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a trouble area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)
  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a trouble area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)
  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a troubled area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)
  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a troubled area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)
  • A helicopter flies underneath a thunderstorm that dumped rain on a troubled area of the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. on 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 expand containment of a wildfire that has destroyed at least 400 homes.  (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

A Colorado sheriff said yesterday that firefighters “are getting the upper hand” on the most destructive wildfire in state history, an announcement that came as authorities gained a clearer picture of the grim landscape the blaze has left behind.

No additional homes were destroyed as fire crews expanded containment lines, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said. Also, there were no new reports of injury or death, he said.

The fire that exploded Tuesday outside of Colorado Springs, amid record-setting heat and tinder-dry conditions, has destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two people, whose bodies were found inside their garage Thursday, their car doors open as though they had been about to flee.

Yesterday, worried residents waited for permission to return to their neighborhoods to see whether their homes were still standing.

Maketa said the fire’s destruction has made it difficult for his deputies to assess damage.

Deputies have said “it looks like a nuclear bomb went off in some of those areas, and you can’t even recognize whether it was a house or some other kind of structure,” Maketa said. “That is the level of incineration and destruction that took place in some areas.”

Containment was at 45 percent yesterday, an increase from 30 percent on Friday. It’s unknown what sparked the blaze, but investigators believe it was human-caused.

Most mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted, as the fire zone remained at 25 square miles.

Some residents have already gotten to see the damage for themselves.

Jack and Judy Roe were able to tour their neighborhood Friday and saw to their relief that their house had been spared. Several other homes on their block, however, where destroyed.

“Our hearts were breaking for our neighbors,” Judy Roe said.

Describing the scene, she said she saw charred piles of what remained of homes, with bricks the only distinguishable feature.

“But other than that, everything is black. The ground, everything is just black,” she said.

Some residents were forced to evacuate so quickly they didn’t have time to pack an extra change of clothes.

“This is my wardrobe,” said Bob Metzger, signaling to his jeans and polo shirt. Metzer and his wife, Barbara, were among those who lost their house.

The site of the wildfire is only a few miles away from the state’s second most destructive wildfire, the Waldo Canyon Fire, which burned last summer.

The lessons from that fire spurred a quicker response, officials said. When the latest wildfire began in Black Forest, a thickly wooded rural region north of Colorado Springs, authorities swiftly evacuated tens of thousands of people from an area larger than the Denver metropolitan area.

White House officials said yesterday that President Obama called Gov. John Hickenlooper Friday to get an update on conditions and reinforce his commitment to help. The president also expressed his concern for the devastation and gave his condolences to families who have lost
relatives.

The globul warming alarmist have called this the absolute worst fire caused by....you guessed it .....Globul warming.... FACTS say different than what is reported: The Massive Fire Of 1890: ‘The MSM is reporting that the fire today is the worst in Colorado history. This is patently absurd, it isn’t even in the same league as some of the fires from the 1890s’ 'The 1890 fire was about 100X larger'

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