Deadly Colo. Fires Destroy Homes, Force Evacs

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Officials are calling the deadly wildfires in Colorado the worst in the state's history. The fast moving flames have devoured nearly 16,000 acres and destroyed 360 homes in the Black Forest near Colorado Springs.

Approximately 38,000 people were ordered to evacuate the area, but not everyone made it out in time.

On Thursday, investigators recovered the bodies of two people who were trying to flee the blaze.

"I know the heart of this community goes out to the family and friends they leave behind," Colorado Sheriff Terry Maketa said.

Janet Coyne was able to get out but saw her home burning on TV.

"It was awful, just to watch it burn down," she said. "Our cats are there. It was horrible."

Lena Macia was so desperate to save her house that she soaked it with water from a garden hose.

"If this is all wet, that might help us have a little bit of a better chance," Macia said.

In addition to firefighters, members of the military and the National Guard are helping to contain the blaze.

Planes and Black Hawk helicopters are spraying solution to put out the flames.

Meanwhile, wildfires are also wreaking havoc in Oregon, New Mexico and California.

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Charlene  Aaron

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