COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators in El Paso County have found where the Waldo Canyon Fire started.

Officials are still not saying if they know what the cause of the devastating fire was, but they say they know where the ignition point is. They aren’t revealing exactly where that location is.

“For the sake of safeguarding the integrity of the investigation I will not be discussing specifics on where that location is,” said Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff’s office on Thursday morning.

The fire is now 90 percent contained and a Type III incident team will take over Saturday.

Most evacuations that were called as a result of the fire have been lifted, but some neighborhoods that were evacuated still don’t have utility service.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey said Thursday his department received another report of a stolen car Wednesday night and he has a group of investigators and officers are working to find looters.

More help in that effort could come from a reward.

“On Tuesday afternoon, I was contacted by somebody representing an anonymous community member that was going to post a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of anyone who victimized our evacuees over the last week or so,” Carey said.

The department is working on putting that reward into place and Carey asked for anyone with information to please call police.

A total of 346 homes were destroyed in the 18,247 acre wildfire and two residents died in a home in an evacuated area that burned.

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