Residents anxious to return to Colo. fire zone

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In this Tuesday, June 12, 2013 photo, released Saturday, June 15, 2013, by the U.S. Air Force, an American flag hangs in front of a burning structure in the Black Forest, a thickly wooded rural region north of Colorado Springs, Colo. Authorities reported early Saturday that 473 houses had been incinerated. That compares with a report of a little over 400 just a few hours earlier.  (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Residents are anxious to return to the scene of Colorado's most destructive wildfire but authorities say it's still not safe.

Fire crews were putting out hot spots Sunday to prevent flare ups in heavily wooded Black Forest, where nearly 500 houses have been destroyed.

However, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said roads and power lines still need to be repaired. The death of two people trying to flee is still being investigated and he's in no hurry to let people back near what is considered a crime scene for now.

The 22-square-mile fire is 65 percent contained.

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