Photos, videos: Waldo Canyon fire finally 100 percent contained

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Update: At long last comes the announcement residents of Colorado Springs have been awaiting since June 23, when the Waldo Canyon fire flared to life.

The blaze, which destroyed 346 homes and took the lives of Barbara and William Everett, age 73 and 74, respectively, is finally 100 percent contained.

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The good news popped up on the federal InciWeb page focusing on the Waldo Canyon blaze -- which is only appropriate, since the address has shared so many grim tidings over the past two weeks-plus. According to a news release, Incident Commander Troy Nelsen flew over the fire at about 6 p.m. and could not see any smoke arising from the Blodgett Peak area, the last section that worried authorities. As such, he designated official containment at 8 p.m.

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This doesn't mean an occasional puff of smoke from the interior of the fire zone should be cause for alarm, the feds note. The main concern was for sections on the margins, like Blodgett Peak, which had been smoke-free for 36 hours when the 100 percent containment designation was announced.

Not that the story of the Waldo Canyon fire is over. As we pointed out yesterday, the region is now susceptible to flooding and mudslides, among other possible consequences of violent deforestation. But the tale is moving into a new phase, as are the residents of Colorado Springs.

Look below to see outtakes by our Brandon Marshall from his June 29 "People of the Waldo Canyon fire" photo gallery, followed by our previous coverage.

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Page down to see our much of our previous Waldo Canyon fire coverage, including photos and videos.

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