WATCH LIVE - Update: Colorado Battles Wildfire

By: The Associated Press, KKTV Email
By: The Associated Press, KKTV Email
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With evacuees anxious to return, firefighters are working to dig up and extinguish hot spots to protect homes spared by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history.

The labor-intensive work is necessary because extremely dry grass and trees could quickly ignite if wind stirs up hot spots in the densely wooded Black Forest near Colorado Springs.

Firefighters did get some help from the weather as steady rain moved through the area Sunday afternoon. But that weather came with some lightning, which sparked a small grass fire near one home.

Two people died and nearly 500 homes have been burned by the 22-square-mile fire, which is 65 percent contained. Crews hope to have it fully under control by Thursday. It's unknown what sparked the blaze.

Military helicopters from Lincoln, Nebraska, Wyoming and elsewhere in Colorado, dispatched to help the firefighting effort have been sent back to their home bases. The fire fight is now focused mainly on the ground. The National Guard still is helping secure roadblocks at the fire.

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