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Waldo Canyon: Authorities know where fire started

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two people found dead in a home burned in the most destructive fire in Colorado history were a couple in their 70s, Colorado Springs police confirmed Thursday.

Coroner’s officials identified the victims as William Everett, 74, and his wife, Barbara Everett, 73, police said.

The two died in the Waldo Canyon fire, which has burned about 28 square miles and has damaged or destroyed almost 350 homes since it started June 23.

Many residents who fled the fire have been allowed to return home, and Colorado Springs officials were lifting evacuation orders for 126 more homes Thursday evening. Fire managers hope to have the fire fully contained Friday.

Authorities said Thursday that they know where the fire started, but they haven’t disclosed where that is or what they think caused the fire.

Meanwhile in Larimer County, authorities plan to try to use DNA evidence to officially identify a woman found dead during the High Park wildfire. Investigators believe rancher Linda Steadman was the person found dead inside her cabin but want to verify that with more evidence before closing the case.

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Steadman’s family said they saw the wildfire consume her cabin June 9. Steadman’s daughter-in-law told KUSA-TV in Denver last month that other family members were moving cattle when they saw smoke from the fire and rushed to the ranch but were pushed back by a “fire ball.”

In western Colorado, firefighters were battling a wildfire near De Beque that was sparked by lightning and reported Wednesday. It’s burning on about 150 acres on Bureau of Land Management property on Kimball Mountain.

Recent rain has helped calm the 38-square-mile Little Sand blaze that’s been burning for nearly two months near Pagosa Springs.

Near Mancos, the 15-square-mile Weber fire is 90 percent contained and should be fully contained Friday.