— A preliminary report indicates 347 residences on about 35 streets have been destroyed by the Waldo Canyon Fire, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach said Thursday afternoon, adding that the count isn't final.
The fire, the most destructive in Colorado's history, was 15 percent contained Friday morning. The cause hasn't been determined, said Jerri Marr of the U.S. Forest Service.
Late Thursday, authorities said a body was found in the debris of a burned-out home in the area, marking the first fatality from the blaze.
Police Chief Pete Carey said earlier that two people had been reported missing, and that a search was continuing, The Associated Press reported.
Earlier Thursday, Bach toured the heavily damaged Mountain Shadows subdivision.
"There was nothing left in some areas -- burned out foundations that were smoldering. It looked like a nuclear weapon had been dropped. It's as close to hell as I could imagine," Bach said after the morning tour.
Crews are getting a break in the weather, with the area no longer under a "red flag warning," which means extreme fire danger.
On Wednesday, mandatory evacuations were ordered for the 3,000 people in the town of Crystola and part of Woodland Park after more than 32,000 people had to flee on Tuesday.
Those evacuation orders came as the fire moved down a ridge toward those homes, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported, citing communications from an emergency services scanner. "It's huge," said the voice over the scanner. "I would estimate two-three miles in width."
Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown on Wednesday called the Waldo Canyon Fire a "monster event" that is "not even remotely close to being contained." The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Tuesday night, the community of Mountain Shadows, northwest of Colorado Springs, appeared to be enveloped in an orange glow.
President Barack Obama will tour the Colorado Springs area on Friday to show his support, the White House said Wednesday.
The state's second largest blaze is the 136-square-mile High Park Fire, which has destroyed 257 homes and killed one woman. That fire was triggered by lightning on June 9 and is nearly contained.
In Boulder, Colo., the Flagstaff Fire burned to within 1.5 miles of the southern edge of the University of Colorado campus. The 230-acre fire was 30 percent contained and "remains a threat to Boulder," Reuters quoted incident commander Rocky Opliger as saying.
Nationwide, 35 large, active wildfires were being fought. The bulk of them were in nine western states: Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California.
Although the fire season got off to an early start in the West, the number of fires and acreage burned nationwide is still below the 10-year average for this time of year.
The Associated Press provided this roundup of other fires across the West: