Residents Returning Home After CO Wildfires


By Dylan Stableford

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Now that the worst wildfire in Colorado history is more than half-contained, evacuation orders for most of the 35,000 people displaced by Colorado Spring’s  Waldo Canyon fire were lifted late Sunday. Residents were allowed to return to their homes—or what’s left of them.

The 17,659-acre, 28-square-mile fire burned at least 346 homes, killed two people, and devastated Colorado Springs neighborhoods.

About 3,000 residents remain under evacuation orders, officials said. But fire damage isn’t the only concern for residents returning home. El Paso County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jeff Kramer said the scent of trash left by the fleeig residents is attracting bears.

There have also been 24 reported burglaries of vacated homes, said Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey.

Lower temperatures, higher humidity, and some rain over the weekend helped the more than 1,500 firefighters battle the Waldo Canyon fire. However, the U.S. Forest Service indicated that it could be weeks before the fire is fully contained.

The cause of the fire, one of 11 currently burning in Colorado, remains unknown.

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