Update: Robin and Mark Herklotz ID'd as Black Forest fire victims, 509 homes destroyed

Update: The two victims of the Black Forest fire, which sparked to life on June 11, have been ID'd as Marc Allen Herklotz, 52, and Robin Lauran Herklotz, fifty, married residents of Black Forest. The laborious identification process speaks to the horrific force of nature that took their lives.

In the meantime, the fight against the destructive blaze continues to wind down, with containment estimated at 85 percent. But the number of homes confirmed destroyed is still going up, as is the cost of the effort.

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