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Firefighters make gains battling Colorado blaze

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COLORADO SPRINGS — A Colorado sheriff said Saturday that firefighters ‘‘are getting the upper hand’’ on the most destructive wildfire in state history as crews expanded containment with no new houses lost. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa also said officials are beginning to see the grim landscape the wildfire has left behind and some areas in the blaze’s path looked ‘‘like a nuclear bomb went off.’’ The fire that exploded Tuesday outside Colorado Springs has destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two people who appeared ready to flee.

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