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WALDO CANYON FIRE: Fire 100 percent contained

By: RYAN MAYE HANDY
July 10, 2012
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The Waldo Canyon fire, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, was 100 percent contained Tuesday evening, according to an incident command website.

Fire officials kept containment estimates at 98 percent for days due to persistent smoke billowing from Blodgett Peak. Weekend rains also prevented aircraft from flying above the blaze to estimate new containment levels.

Full-contained was expected by 8 p.m. Tuesday night, however when incident commander Troy Nelsen flew over the fire at 6 p.m., he saw no smoke rising from the Blodgett Peak area.

The peak was the only remaining area of concern, and officials waited to increase containment on the fire until the area had been smoke free for 36 hours, an official news release said.

Officials caution that the interior burning regions of the fire may continue to emit smoke over the next few days.

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