A U.S. Army helicopter releases water onto the Black Forest fire outside Colorado Springs, Colo., earlier this week.
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Firefighters near Colorado Springs say that a surprise rainstorm and cooler weather have rallied their efforts to push back devastating wildfires that have destroyed at least 473 homes in recent days. Two people have been killed.
Authorities say that some evacuations of residents in the Black Forest, Colo., area have been lifted and that the largest of the fires is about one-third contained.
On Friday, several thousand people were allowed back into their homes, but an estimated 30,000 are still being told to stay away.
MAFFS C-130 lays a red slurry line to help stop the spread of the Black Forest Fire, June 12
Credit Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault / Fort Carson Public Affairs Office
The Black Forest Fire earned another distinction Thursday as fire officials announced they had discovered the remains of two persons in the fire zone. The other Colorado fires are beginning to wind down.