Two Deaths in Black Forest Fire near Colo. Springs

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Evacuees look for answers at the El Paso County disaster recovery center on Thursday. [Photo: CPR/EWhitney]

Two people have been killed in the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa announced the news at a briefing Thursday evening. The fire started Tuesday and is now the most destructive in the state, demolishing more than 360 homes. The burn area covers more than 15,700 acres. Almost 40,000 people have been evacuated.

CPR's Eric Whitney spent the day reporting on the story and talking to evacuees at a disaster recovery center in El Paso County. Click the link above to hear his conversation with CPR's Pat Mack on All Things Considered about the news of the deaths and stories he's been hearing from people who had to flee the fire.