Black Forest Fire 100% Contained

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The most destructive wildfire in Colorado history is now 100 percent contained.

Firefighters signing kids' posters at the shift change Monday morning, June 17 at Pine Creek High School.

Firefighters reached full containment Thursday, nine days after the Black Forest Fire first broke out.

The fire scorched more than 14,200 acres and destroyed 509 homes before crews got the upper hand. Two people were killed.

What started the Black Forest Fire is still under investigation, but it is believed to be human caused. Detectives with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office are working with a fire expert from the U.S. Forestry Service to determine more about how the blaze began. The ATF is also assisting with the investigation.

Evacuations are still in effect within the fire area, but residents with placards and re-entry packets are being allowed back on their property to assess the damage. Some areas remain off-limits, in particular a 28 square foot section that is part of an active investigation into the fire's cause. You can find a map of the restricted areas here.

We will be sure to bring you the latest updates on the investigation as soon as they are available.


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