COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 15, 2013)--The number of homes destroyed in Colorado's most destructive wildfire ever continues to rise, but authorities are lifting evacuation orders after firefighters made a dramatic advance Friday against the blaze, which has killed two people.
Authorities reported early Saturday that 473 houses had been burned, compared with a report of a little more than 400 just a few hours earlier.
A surprise rain shower in the afternoon helped firefighters expand containment on the fire outside of Colorado Springs, the state's second largest city.
Authorities estimate that as many as 5,000 people live in neighborhoods east, north, and west of the fire, where the evacuation orders have been lifted.
The Black Forest Fire broke out Tuesday and is now 30 percent contained.
White House officials said Saturday that the president had called Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to get an update on conditions.
The president expressed his concern for the devastation in the conversation Friday.
Mr. Obama also gave his condolences to families who have lost relatives.