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As firefighters contain Colorado wildfire, investigation into cause continues

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As firefighters contain Colorado wildfire, investigation into cause continues

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Jun 17, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KGUN9-TV) - The focus in the Colorado Wildfires turns this morning from fighting flames to figuring out what caused them in the first place. 

Federal officials will arrive in Colorado today, taking the lead in a massive investigation, as they try to figure out just what sparked the worst fire in the state's history.

Fire officials say the Black Forest Fire is about 65 percent contained this morning.

So far two are dead, hundreds are displaced and almost 500 homes are ashes.

"The people that lost their homes, they're going to hit bottom again when they see theirs for the first time, which probably will be this week," evacuee John Poss said.

Steady rain is helping firefighters searching for hot spots near Colorado Springs.

Some people say they won't feel completely safe until the fire is completely contained. For now, officials still have the area on lockdown.      

"We have a crime scene in there," El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said. "We have fire in there. We have downed power lines in there. We have trees falling each time there's a gust of wind."

Some of the evacuees now in the process of lining up outside the fire zone are still unsure if they have anything to go home to.

The Federal investigators will try to figure out if a human cause is behind the black forest fire. 
Justin Schecker

Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.