Waldo Canyon Fire: 346 Homes Lost, One Confirmed Dead in Colorado

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The roaring Waldo Canyon fire that exploded into neighborhoods of Colorado Springs has destroyed 346 homes, making it the most destructive wildfire in state history.

It also has claimed at least one life, according to reports.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey announced that human remains had been found in a burned home in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood.

Other individuals are also missing, he said. He said the deceased's body was found in the rubble and gave the address, but no further details.

Residents of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood were summoned to a meeting Thursday night at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

There, they learned with certainty which of their homes had survived and which had been consumed by the unprecedented firestorm this week.

Police Chief Pete Carey said police are still trying to track down the whereabouts of "less than 10" people who may be unaccounted for.

President Barack Obama was to tour fire-stricken areas Friday after issuing a disaster declaration for Colorado, releasing federal funds to help.

Rich Harvey, the incident commander in charge of the massive firefighting effort, said that at the very least, the wildfires were held at bay overnight, with no growth of the perimeter and no more houses lost since Thursday.

The fire was still only 15 percent contained as of Friday morning.

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I live right here in the Springs, & we were on pre-evac for a few days. I have never seen the fire & smoke so close & we lived through this nightmare, thanks to our unbelievably brave men & women who are fighting this still monster of a fire. They are remarkable people!


Praying for all those effected by these fires!