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Residents anxious to return to Colo. fire zone

June 16th, 2013 4:06 pm by THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press

Residents anxious to return to Colo. fire zone

Black Forest, Colo., resident Carol Sisk, center, is embraced by her husband Marc during an informational meeting on the progress of the Black Forest Fire at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo. on June 15. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Residents are anxious to return to the scene of Colorado's most destructive wildfire but authorities say it's still not safe.

Fire crews were putting out hot spots Sunday to prevent flare ups in heavily wooded Black Forest, where nearly 500 houses have been destroyed.

However, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said roads and power lines still need to be repaired. The death of two people trying to flee is still being investigated and he's in no hurry to let people back near what is considered a crime scene for now.

The 22-square-mile fire is 65 percent contained.

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