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Evacuees and fire officials listen to a news briefing Friday on the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo. More than 36 hours after it started in the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs, the blaze surpassed last June’s Waldo Canyon fire as the most destructive in state history.

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Crews battling Colo. wildfire hold flames in check

Crews battling the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history say they were better prepared to take on the flames because of lessons learned fighting last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire, a similarly devastating blaze that devoured hundreds of homes and killed two people only a few miles away.

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