As firefighters gained the upper hand Monday on a fast-moving wildfire in Colorado Springs, many residents began the process of picking up lives interrupted by an inferno that killed two people, destroyed nearly 350 homes and damaged dozens more.

Evacuation orders for all except the hardest hit areas were lifted by late Sunday for most of the 32,000 residents who were forced from their homes after winds last week whipped the blaze that has been described as the most destructive in state history.

“Now we’re beginning to look at how do we rebuild and begin the recovery,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“But we also know that Mother Nature can be pretty fickle out there, so we’re keeping ourselves very alert.”

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