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Colorado wildfire takes two lives

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Photo by: Tammy Leitner /  The charred  forest goes on for miles and miles. Photo by: Tammy Leitner / The charred forest goes on for miles and miles.

Two people have been killed in the Colorado wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

President Barack Obama got a personal view of the Waldo Fire near Colorado Springs Friday when he toured the fire lines.

The president thanked firefighters for their efforts and said that local, state and federal officials are doing the best they can do to fight the fire.

Officials said firefighters found one person dead on Thursday and the second victim on Friday. Both people lived in the same home and were reported missing. It's unknown why they had stayed behind.

Cory Galicia, from Falcon Fire Protection, said he has never seen a fire like it before.

"It went from a simple, ordinary forest fire to just a raging inferno that has just devastated the city," Galicia said.  

Falcon Fire Protection, based out of Montana, works their way through the burned forest checking for hotspots and flare ups. Galicia said it's a slow but necessary process to make sure the fire doesn't sprout up again.

"It's amazing. Something I've never seen before and something I hope I never see again," Galicia said.

The fire is 25 percent contained, but the wind has shifted and is blowing smoke back toward  towns, which is why people are not allowed back in the neighborhoods, authorities said.

Stay with and CBS 5 News for updates from our crew in Colorado.

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