COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2013)--A wildfire burning near Colorado Springs, Colo., has destroyed at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive in the state’s history.
El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa said Thursday that deputies still haven't been able to verify the condition of 79 other homes as the Black Forest fire continues to burn so it's possible the figure could rise even higher.
Authorities found two bodies Thursday in an area burned by the fire.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said a resident who was reported missing Wednesday was found safe, but crews on found the remains of another person who also had been reported missing and about an hour later they found the remains of a second person.
Residents of 1,000 homes in Colorado Springs were ordered to evacuate Thursday in the first evacuation order in the city limits.
About 38,000 people were previously told to leave because of the fire that started in a populated, wooded area east of the city.
The city of 430,000, which is Colorado's second largest, was also asking residents of 2,000 more homes to be ready to evacuate because the fire has reached a designated trigger point.
The fire is burning near where the Waldo Canyon fire burned 347 homes last year.
It was previously the most destructive in Colorado history.
The Colorado Springs fire is one of three now burning in the state.
A blaze to the south has destroyed about 20 structures and forced the evacuation of about 250 residents as well as nearly 1,000 inmates from a nearby prison.
Another fire was burning to the north in Rocky Mountain National Park.