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Better weather gives Colorado firefighters hope

COLORADO -- Better weather is giving firefighters hope in Colorado.  The black forest wildfire has burned more than 15,000 acres and destroyed nearly 500 homes.   At least three other significant wildfires are causing concern in the state.

From the ground, and in the air crews are fighting the Mammoth Black forest fire in Colorado.  Finally they are getting some good news.

The fire started Tuesday outside of Colorado Springs. One official says it now appears to be the most destructive in Colorado’s history; a sad marker for a state accustomed to wildfires. It's an especially tough pill to swallow for those who lost their homes.

An emotional toll exists for fire crews as well many of whom call this area home.

“We've got to think about ourselves as well as the community.”

Other fires are plaguing Colorado’s forests as well. Southwest of Colorado Springs crews were making progress against the Royal Gorge fire. The state has declared a disaster emergency for a wildfire north of Denver.