Crews battling Colo. wildfire hold flames in check

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Crews battling Colo. wildfire hold flames in checkIncident 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)(Credit: AP)

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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