Jun 18, 2013 8:16 PM by Sam Salzwedel
EL PASO COUNTY - As Black Forest Fire evacuees return home, they are amazed by how close the fire came to their houses.
Cindy Winford made a sign to thank firefighters because she could see the scorched ground from her yard.
"This is what is really a blessing," she said. "They are brave. I couldn't do it."
Many of her friends were not as fortunate.
"It's devastating," Winford said. "We have at least 18 people out of our church that have lost their homes."
She is confident the town will rebuild.
"It's just one of these communities where we are all going to come together, helping each other," Winford said.
The fire is 85% contained. It burned more than 500 homes and killed 2 people. 14,000 acres burned.