Deadly Colorado Wildfire Doubles In Size Overnight

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 14, 2013)--Firefighters in Colorado say they have at least temporarily been able to halt the spread of a huge wildfire near Colorado Springs that has killed two people and burned 379 homes.

The fire nearly doubled in size overnight, but was holding at 25 square miles Friday.

Winds were lighter Friday and firefighters were quickly stamping out flare-ups.

Incident commander Rich Harvey said 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 the fire. ‘

Harvey said 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.

The two people who died in the blaze were found in the charred garage of a home in the Black Forest area.

Authorities believe they were loading up their car to evacuate.

Other wildfires were burning Friday in Colorado, as well as in New Mexico, Oregon and California.


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