(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – The sheriff in El Paso County hopes for full containment on the destructive Black Forest Fire by the end of the day.

Officials are also allowing most residents to return to see what’s left of their homes.

Firefighters are also getting closer to pinpointing the cause. Sheriff Terry Maketa said investigators are using magnifying glasses in a 28 square foot area were the suspected ignition point was.

People living near the fire’s origin are still not being allowed to go back home.

The fire has burned 509 homes, the largest number of homes burned in a wildfire in Colorado’s history.

Marc and Robin Herklotz were killed in the fire. Maketa said Thursday phone calls warning of the evacuation that took place when the fire exploded on June 11 reached their home, but the Herklotzes didn’t pick up. They were found dead in a car in a burned garage.

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