Firefighters Holding Line On Colorado Wildfire
Friday, June 14, 2013
Photo by Chris Schneider
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Firefighters are holding the line on a wildfire near Colorado Springs that has destroyed 379 homes and may have killed two people as they tried to escape.
The fire remained at 25 square miles Friday thanks to lighter winds and firefighters quickly stamping out flare-ups. Incident commander Rich Harvey says deputies patrolling for looters helped direct crews to dozens of hot spots.
For the first time since the fire started Tuesday, authorities seem optimistic that they can stop it. Harvey says they were moving toward turning the corner.
A day after announcing the deaths and record-breaking destruction, El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa even made a joke about the weather. He asked everyone to wash their cars in hopes of raising the chances of rain.
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