Waldo Canyon Fire declared 100 percent contained

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Waldo Canyon Fire. June 26, 2012

Waldo Canyon Fire. June 26, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Waldo Canyon fire was declared 100 percent contained Tuesday night.

The official word came from fire managers at about 7:30 p.m.

The fire started June 23 three miles west of Colorado Springs. Three days later it exploded in a firestorm eastward toward the city in extremely hot, dry and windy conditions.

Flames engulfed several neighborhoods. Two people were killed in their home. A total of 346 homes were destroyed, making this the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history in terms of number of homes lost.

As many as 32,000 people were evacuated.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, although officials have said they identified the spot where it started. There have been reports it’s near a hiking trail, but authorities have not confirmed that information.

Crews continue to rebuild infrastructure in the area. There are officially 92 personnel on scene helping support work crews and monitoring the fire.

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