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Black Forest Fire: 95 percent contained

9:07 AM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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COLORADO SPRINGS - The Black Forest Fire is 95 percent contained.

More residents near the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs returned home on Tuesday, while investigators continued efforts to find out what started the most damaging wildfire in state history.

More evacuations were lifted Tuesday morning and evening in El Paso County. Several hundred people were expected to be allowed home, while firefighters continued tackling hot spots in the blaze that started one week ago.

The number of homes lost is now 509, and that number is expected to increase. The wildfire has charred more than 22 square miles. 

There have been seven confirmed burglaries in the burn area since the start of the blaze.

Residents in the area where the fire started were to be briefly allowed in to survey damage Tuesday afternoon. Authorities don't believe natural causes are to blame but haven't elaborated on a possible cause.

The cost of fighting the Black Forest Fire is estimated at $8.5 million.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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