Colo. wildfire evacuees see destruction firsthand

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Colo. wildfire evacuees see destruction firsthandA firefighter douses hot spots off Hodgen Road as crews continue battling the Black Forest wildfire Saturday, June 15, 2013, near Colorado Springs, Colo. The fire that exploded Tuesday outside of Colorado Springs, amid record-setting heat and tinder-dry conditions, has destroyed hundreds of homes and killed two people. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)(Credit: AP)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Restless residents displaced by Colorado’s most destructive wildfire ever are returning to previously closed neighborhoods as firefighters continue to tame the blaze.

Authorities say no additional homes were destroyed as fire crews expanded containment lines Saturday to 55 percent. The wildfire has destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two people.

The fire erupted Tuesday outside of Colorado Springs, driven by hot temperatures and strong winds.

It’s unknown what sparked the blaze, but investigators believe it was human-caused. So far, it’s cost more than $3.5 million to fight.

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

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