Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs fully contained

9:29 PM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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COLORADO SPRINGS - The Black Forest Fire is 100 percent contained.

The fire has destroyed at least 509 homes and charred more than 22 square miles. Twenty eight homes were damaged in the blaze. 

The 40 by 40 foot area investigators had determined was its point of origin has decreased to 28 by 28 feet. Though no details were released about what caused the fire, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says investigators have ruled out natural causes. 

Maketa said Thursday that investigators are using magnifying glasses to find the cause of the Fire.

"One thing my investigators have given me the authority to state is that they have all-but-ruled out natural causes for the fire," he said during a Thursday morning press conference. "We're pretty confident it was not, for instance, lightning."

There have been no new reported burglaries since Tuesday. There have been a total of seven since the start of the blaze. 

During the press conference, Maketa said the couple who died during the fire had not registered their cell phones with El Paso County's emergency notification system. They did receive two emergency notification calls. 

The fire's cost is estimated to be $8.5 million. 

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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