Black Forest Fire has burned 8,500 acres: Other areas are under voluntary evacuation

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The Black Forest Fire has consumed nearly 8,500 acres and burned close to 100 buildings 24 hours after it started.

During a 5:00 p.m. news briefing El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said that it is anticipated that another 3,000 acres will burn. He said the possibility for the fire to spread is extreme. The fire has moved northwest and northeast and is encroaching on Elbert County. It has also doubled back to properties still standing and it is also threatening Colo. 83 which is now closed.

The mandatory evacuation areas have extended north to Walker Road and east to Colo. 83. Up to 9,500 people have been affected. The Flying Horse neighborhood is under a voluntary evacuation notice. A voluntary evacuation order has also been issued for Northern Colorado Springs for areas west of Interstate 25 and north of Old Ranch Road within Colorado Springs city limits.

Maketa said they are looking at preliminary planning should an evacuation order need to be issued for neighborhoods east of Colo. 83. Maketa said people should be in Ready! Set! Go! mode.

The high winds are expected through the evening. There are 487 firefighters from 28 fire districts assisting in the Black Forest Fire. The transition to the Type I Incident Command team will take place tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a disaster declaration for the Black Forest Fire.

The sheriff's website has a list of homes that are a total loss or partially damaged and can be found at http://www.epcsheriff.com/bff/Black%20Forest%20Fire%20-%20Residences.pdf. The sheriff's office will be updating the addresses frequently. So far at least 92 homes have been lost.

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