Remains of 2nd person found in Colo.
Firefighters are seen from the motorcade as President Barack Obama tours the Mountain Shadow neighborhood devastated by raging wildfires, June 29, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. / AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Updated 6:54 PM ET
(CBS/AP) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Searchers sifting through damage left by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history have found the remains of a second person at a home where another person was found dead earlier.
Police Chief Pete Carey said Friday that searchers found the remains at a house where two people had been reported missing after shifting winds forced thousands to flee their homes Tuesday night.
Carey announced on Thursday finding the other person.
The Waldo Canyon Fire has destroyed nearly 350 homes and burned 26 square miles. Its cause hasn't been determined.
See below for the latest news on wildfires in other Western states.
More than 1,000 personnel and six helicopters were fighting the fire, which had cost at least $3.2 million to fight and was 15 percent contained as of Friday morning.
Police Chief Pete Carey said the remains of one person were found in a home where two people had been reported missing. He didn't elaborate or take questions after making the announcement late Thursday.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said two people have been arrested in connection with a burglary at an evacuated home.
After declaring a "major disaster" in the state early Friday and promising federal aid, Obama got a firsthand view of the fires and their toll on residential communities. More than 30,000 people have been evacuated in what is now the most destructive wildfire in state history.
"Whether it's fires in Colorado or flooding in the northern parts of Florida, when natural disasters like this hit, America comes together," Obama said after touring a neighborhood where the fire cut a path that left some homes standing while leveling surrounding properties. "We all recognize that there but for the grace of God go I. We've got to make sure that we have each others' backs."
Obama's appearance in Colorado took on added significance coming less than five months before the Nov. 6 presidential election. The state is a crucial swing state in the contest between Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and the president's visit illustrated the enormous power of incumbency he enjoys to deliver not only assistance but to show compassion and command.
Stopping to greet firefighters and other first responders, Obama said: "The country is grateful for your work. The country's got your back."
The president's first view of the fires and the smoky mountains came as he flew into Colorado Springs aboard Air Force One.
His motorcade then weaved slowly through the neighborhood of Mountain Shadows, passing the wreckage of dozens of burned down homes.
He had special words for a group of firefighters who had just recently managed to save some houses in a subdivision attacked by the flames.
"They're genuine heroes," he said. He was accompanied by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and members of the state's congressional delegation.
A fire in northern Colorado, which is still burning, destroyed 257 homes earlier this month, and until Thursday was the state's most destructive.
From above Colorado Springs, the destruction was painfully clear: Rows and rows of houses were reduced to smoldering ashes even as some homes just feet away survived largely intact.
John Sawyer came home from vacation in Atlanta, only to move into a hotel - his family was one of thousands evacuated as the fire spread.
"It's a lot of stress, and it's hard to sleep well, and you're not in your own house and your family's not all together," Sawyer told CBS News' Anna Werner. "We're trying to do normal lives, but you can't ...
"How are thousands, or hundreds of families going to find places to live, continue their work?" he wonders. "How will the schools function? There's a lot of questions ahead."
Sawyer's house is a half-mile from the fire line.
Colorado Springs, the state's second-largest city, is home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center, NORAD and the Air Force Space Command, which operates military satellites. They were not threatened.
Hundreds of people sought refuge at area shelters operated by the Red Cross, including tourists who'd come to enjoy the Colorado summer.
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