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Colorado wildfire continues to rage near Denver

Joe Amon / The Denver Post

A home completely burned during the Lower North Fork Wildfire near Denver Colo. on March 27.

The Colorado wildfire raging in the foothills and canyons near Denver has killed two people, destroyed more than 23 homes, and has caused the evacuation of 900 residences. 

The area of pines and grassland is mountainous and sparsely populated, dotted with hamlets and the occasional expensive home. It's about 25 miles southwest of Denver at an altitude that ranges from 7,000 to 8,200 feet.

According to reports, the blaze could have been ignited by embers from a controlled-burn operation.

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--Msnbc.com wire services contributed to this post.

A wind-driven fire may force as many as 20,000 people to evacuate a mountain community 45 minutes outside of Denver. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.

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