Firefighters advance containment on Colo. wildfire

Fires contained
Fires contained

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Fire officials say crews have gained the upper hand on the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history and had more than half the blaze contained by late Saturday.

Incident commander Rich Harvey said at an evening news conference that containment of the Black Forest Fire was at 55 percent, up from 45 percent earlier Saturday.

The wildfire left behind a grim landscape and El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said that in some areas of the blaze’s path, it appeared as if “a nuclear bomb went off.”

The fire that exploded Tuesday outside of Colorado Springs destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two people who appeared ready to flee. It’s unknown what sparked the blaze.

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