Rain Could Help Colorado Firefighters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 17, 2013)--Firefighters in Colorado were hoping Monday for more help from rainy weather as they try to put out hot spots from the most-destructive wildfire in the history of the state.

On Sunday a steady rain moved through the densely-wooded area near Colorado Springs as crews worked to prevent flare-ups that could burn other homes still standing in the fire zone.

Nearly 500 houses were burned by the 22-square-mile fire, which was about two-thirds contained Monday.

Crews hope to have it fully under control by Thursday.

Authorities were telling people who live within the burn area that there is still more work to do before they'll be allowed to return to their homes.

They say roads and downed power lines have to be repaired.

To the southwest, a wildfire that destroyed 48 buildings at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park was fully contained Monday and a fire in Rocky Mountain National Park, which has burned about 600 acres, was 75 percent contained.

In New Mexico, crews have contained the majority of the 94 square miles of wildfires raging through the state.


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