Obama declared Colorado a disaster area to allow for the flow of federal dollars to help fight the Waldo Canyon Fire as well the High Park Fire, which has burned more than 87,000 acres in northern Colorado since it began on June 9.
Among the people whose lives are forever changed are Rebekah and Byron Largent.
They should have been celebrating their daughter Emma's first birthday Tuesday. Instead, they fled their home.
They thought they would be back in a few days and took only what they could carry: a few toys, clothes.
Byron Largent listened intently to an emergency scanner and heard a firefighter say, "Majestic is gone."
Majestic is the name of their street. He braced himself for the worst.
He clung to his wife at Thursday's meeting as they got the dreaded confirmation on a piece of paper that listed the 346 houses on 34 streets. Their rented house was burned to a pile of smoldering ash and rubble.
Gone are the wedding dress, the family photos and Rebekah Largent's grandmother's china.
"I looked at it and said, 'We'll be back in a few days,' " Byron Largent said of the china.
Also gone is the rocking chair where the Largents took turns over the past year rocking Emma to sleep.
"That's the one we are both really, really distraught over, not having anymore," he said.
Brandon Hanson and his wife, Maria, were also at the meeting. They scanned the list of addresses; theirs was not on it.
"It was a big, big relief," Hanson said.
But it was relief tempered by the sadness of people who were now homeless.
"The entire neighborhood is gone. It's like a war zone," he said. "We are so lucky."
More than 36,000 people have fled their homes in Colorado Springs neighborhoods like Mountain Shadows and Peregrine.
It was in Mountain Shadows where authorities discovered a charred body late Thursday inside one of the homes during a search for two people who were reported missing in the area. The second body was found in the same house Friday.
Authorities made the discovery after a family had "inquired about the status of their loved ones," police spokeswoman Barbara Miller said.
Authorities also announced the arrest of two people accused of burglarizing a home left vacant by the evacuation order.
Belinda Yates, 38, and Shane Garrett, 36, were being held on suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft, possession of a controlled substance and other related charges, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said.