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Colorado's most destructive fire nears containment

By Melissa Gray, CNN
updated 10:36 PM EDT, Wed July 4, 2012
A firefighter works a burnout operation on the north flank of the Fontenelle Fire outside Big Piney, Wyoming, on Wednesday, July 4. More than 800 firefighters are working 15-hour shifts battling the fire that has exceeded 56,000 acres, according to fire information services. A firefighter works a burnout operation on the north flank of the Fontenelle Fire outside Big Piney, Wyoming, on Wednesday, July 4. More than 800 firefighters are working 15-hour shifts battling the fire that has exceeded 56,000 acres, according to fire information services.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed 346 homes
  • It prompted the evacuation of neighborhoods near Colorado Springs
  • Two other major fires are fully contained
  • The threat of fire remains high

(CNN) -- The most destructive fire in Colorado's history is now 90% contained, officials said Wednesday.

The Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs burned more than 18,000 acres after starting June 23, prompting the evacuation of several neighborhoods days later.

The wildfire destroyed 346 homes, according to InciWeb, a website that gathers fire information from various U.S. agencies. It called the fire the most destructive in state history.

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management says it is monitoring four other major fires in the state, two of which were contained as of Wednesday evening.

Veteran returns to no home in Colorado

The threat of fire is still high across the state. As a result, no Independence Day fireworks are allowed on public lands, said Rick Barton, an information officer for the Pine Ridge Fire burning near Grand Junction.

Other fireworks shows are being allowed only by special permits, he said, and no charcoal grills are allowed outside in most of the state.

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