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Colorado Wildfire: Crews Near Full Containment, All Remaining Evacuees Can Return Home (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

04/ 1/12 07:37 PM ET AP

Colorado Wildfire
A large boulder with "Thank You Firefighters!" sits at the entrance to Conifer High School where firefighters have setup their command center in Conifer, Colo., on Saturday, March 31, 2012. As many as 500 firefighters are battling the the Lower North Fork Wildfire near Conifer that killed two people after it started Monday afternoon. Access to the burn area was restricted Saturday because of expected high winds. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

CONIFER, Colo. — Colorado authorities are allowing all remaining evacuees from the Lower North Fork wildfire to return home on Monday.

Jacki Kelley of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said that residents of 50 homes can return Monday morning, nearly a week after the fire erupted.

She says firefighters have contained 97 percent of the fire's perimeter. That, and a cold front that could deliver snow overnight, should allow all remaining evacuees to return to their homes.

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DENVER, CO - MARCH 28: A man saves a scorched flag from a home destroyed by the Lower North Fork Fire March 28, 2012 in Conifer, Colorado. They are part of the State Wildland Inmate Fire team. The fire which has burned 4,500 acres has claimed two lives and over 20 homes. (Photo by Chris Schneider/Getty Images)
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