Obama calls Colo. governor to talk about wildfire

By Dan Elliott

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, June 15 2013 11:02 a.m. MDT

A spot fire burns in an evacuated area of forest, ranches and residences, in the Black Forest wildfire area, north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Thursday, June 13, 2013. The blaze in the Black Forest is now the most destructive in Colorado history, surpassing last year's Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 347 homes, killed two people and led to $353 million in insurance claims.

Brennan Linsley, Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — President Barack Obama has reinforced his commitment to help Colorado as it battles the most destructive wildfire in state history.

White House officials said Saturday that the president had called Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to get an update on conditions.

The president expressed his concern for the devastation in the conversation Friday. Obama also gave his condolences to families who have lost relatives.

The fire that started Tuesday has destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two people who appeared to be preparing their car to flee. They have not been identified.

Authorities also are lifting evacuation orders after firefighters made a dramatic advance Friday against the blaze outside of Colorado Springs.

Thousands of people who live nearby where returning to their homes Saturday.

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