Colorado fire now 85 percent contained

DENVER (AP) — The fire that destroyed more than 500 homes near Colorado Springs is now 85 percent contained, and crews are hoping to have it fully contained tomorrow.

But high winds and hot weather are in the forecast across much of Colorado and the Southwest, and those conditions will work against them. The heat and high winds will also make it easier for new fires to spread in the region.

Investigators have been searching for clues to what started the wildfire. They don’t believe natural causes are involved.

Meanwhile, in California, officials say an unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park grew into the blaze that forced the evacuations of 1,500 people. Several hundred are still being kept away.

And hundreds of homes and people near Prescott, Arizona, have been evacuated because of a wind-whipped wildfire that grew to nearly 11 square miles by this morning.

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099-r-08-(sound of wind, whipping through area of wildfires Tuesday)–Wind continued whipping through the wildfire area near Prescott, Arizona. (19 Jun 2013)

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092-a-12-(Tina Rose, information officer, CalFire, in AP interview Tuesday)-”the fire’s edge”-CalFire spokeswoman Tina Rose says it takes hours for firefighters to reach the blaze northeast of Mariposa. (19 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO COCOL126: Jeremy and Kelly Beach look into the remains of their home off Ravine Drive, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Residents were allowed back into the area for a short period of time to view the properties that sustained the most damage from the fire. The Black Forest Fire, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, has destroyed 502 homes and charred more than 22 square miles. It was 85 percent contained Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT (18 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO AZTS202: This photo provided by the American Red Cross, flames from the Doce Fire rise above a hillside in Arizona’s Prescott National Forest at dusk, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. More than 500 firefighters were dispatched to battle the nearly 11-square-mile wildfire which sparked evacuations in nearby neighborhoods. (AP Photo/American Red Cross, Todd Tamcsin) (18 Jun 2013)

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