Oregon wildfires have been stemmed by better weather and more fire crews, but the Colorado wildfires are still raging. The Colorado wildfires already have destroyed nearly 500 homes.
Mark Leffingwell / Reuters
PORTLAND, Ore. and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
Wildfire update: Oregon's wildfires have slowed, thanks to better weather and more firefighters, while Colorado firefighters "are getting the upper hand" on the most destructive wildfire in state history.
Colorado officials are beginning to see the grim landscape the wildfire has left behind, says El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa.
In some areas, it looks "like a nuclear bomb went off," said Sherrif Maketa, making it difficult for officials know what used to be homes or other structures.