Colorado's 14,000-acre Black Forest Fire thought to be most destructive in state's history; state assessor estimates damage at US$84.5M, says 486 homes destroyed

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado , July 10, 2013 () – The damage from the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history has been revised.

El Paso County assessor Mark Lowderman said Tuesday that 486 homes were destroyed by the Black Forest Fire, down from the 511 reported by the sheriff's office last month. The Gazette (http://bit.ly/15u5LsV ) reported that the assessor's office counted damage by parcel, rather than by address.

The fire killed two people and burned more than 14,000 acres. The assessor's office says it caused $85.4 million in damage. The cause is still being investigated.

In southern Colorado, meanwhile, the East Peak Fire was declared 100 percent contained Tuesday. Firefighters will still continue to monitor hot spots and a fire on the East Spanish Peak will be allowed to burn out.

The lightning-sparked fire burned 13 homes.

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