COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Making steady progress Saturday against the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, crews kept a wary eye on weather that was getting warmer and drier as National Guard troops were deployed to help local police get things back to normal.
The weather is making progress in a bad direction. Hotter, drier, with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winds will shift from one direction to another, said Incident Commander Rich Harvey.
The 26-square-mile Waldo Canyon fire was 30 percent contained.
It was one of many burning across the West, including eight in Utah and a fast-growing blaze in Montana that forced residents in several small communities to leave.
More than 1,200 personnel and six helicopters were fighting the Waldo Canyon fire, and authorities said they were confident theyd built good fire lines in many areas to stop flames from spreading.
More than 150 National Guard soldiers and airmen helped Colorado Springs police staff roadblocks and patrol streets.
About 10,000 people remain evacuated, down from more than 30,000 at the fires peak.
Today, people whose homes were burned will be allowed to take bus tours of the affected area.
After exploding earlier in the week, the Colorado Springs fire gained no ground in the last several days. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that broke out on June 23. Dangerous conditions had kept them from beginning their inquiry.