Black Forest Fire Day 8: Another assessment on Tuesday of homes burned

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BLACK FOREST - The latest assessment of homes lost in the Black Forest Fire stands at 502 as of Tuesday afternoon. Eighteen homes were partially damaged while 3,651 homes remain unaffected.

READ: Black Forest Fire map shows magnitude of destruction

The southwest portion of the Black Forest Fire was still giving firefighters some difficulty as of Tuesday afternoon.

Some residents on the far southwest corner of the evacuation zone got to go home with the promise they'll stand ready to leave again if needed. 

More areas was downgraded to pre-evacuation status Monday evening, according to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, including the Cathedral Pines subdivision.

Makita did mention that even though there is no new fire activity, people should expect the number of homes lost of go up. This does not mean that there is new fire activity, just that crews are able to better assess the damage within the fire zone.

The Black Forest Fire is 85 percent contained.

It has consumed more houses than 2012's Waldo Canyon Fire - making it the most destructive fire in state history.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Department is expected to release the names of the two people who died in the blaze soon.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the wind-driven fire. El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa said Monday that local, state and federal investigators are "zeroing in on the point of origin." 

Authorities are not ruling out the possibility of the blaze being started by lightning.

Six burglaries and one impersonation of a fire official or police officer was reported in the Black Forest Fire area, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Sunday.

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The estimated cost of fighting the fire was $5.5 million.

There are 966 firefighters currently fighting the blaze.

According to fire officials, the estimated containment date of the Black Forest Fire is Thursday.

The sheriff's office says the fire was first reported near the 12600 block of Peregrine Way in Black Forest around 2:30 p.m.


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