(Los Angeles Times) As thousands of evacuees were allowed to return to their homes in this fire-scorched area, President Obama on Friday surveyed neighborhoods charred to ruins by the deadly Waldo Canyon blaze, the most destructive in state history, saying that the “devastation is enormous.”
The president toured the Mountain Shadows area, where melted cars sat in driveways and rows of homes were burned to their foundations. At last count, 347 homes had been lost. The death toll rose to two Friday after a body was found inside the same burned-down home where remains were earlier discovered.
While visiting a YMCA evacuation shelter, Obama told those gathered that “everyone all across the country has Colorado Springs’ back.”