- Associated Press - Sunday, June 16, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters are working to get more people back into their homes after authorities lifted evacuation orders prompted by the wildfire near Colorado Springs.

Crews on Sunday were extinguishing hot spots to protect undamaged homes in Black Forest from flare-ups. Meanwhile, utilities were working to restore gas and electricity to the heavily wooded region.

Residents of areas burned by the fire, now estimated to be about 22 square miles, were able to return briefly to see the devastation Saturday. Evacuees outside the burn area have been allowed back for good.

Nearly 500 homes have been burned by the fire, and two people were killed. Crews hope to have the wildfire fully contained by Thursday.

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