EPSO Black Forest Fire Update 12 a.m., June 14


Most recent home assessment list as of 10 pm, Thursday (6/13/13) night: http://bit.ly/14wdoOQ. Again, due to continuous and dynamic fire activity the information concerning intact or partially damaged homes may change. We will continue to update information as it is received.

Official Twitter Updates can be found at @EPCSheriff and @EPCPIO



Mandatory Evacuations: Hwy 83 east to Eastonville Road, from the El Paso County Line south to Burgess Road and Rex Road.


On the west side…The western edge is Sun Hills Drive, Granby Drive, and Voyager Drive, from Baptist Road on the north, Vine Cliff Heights and Flying Horse Club Drive on the south, back to Hwy 83.

Southeast corner includes the area, from the corner of Rex Rd & Meridian Rd east to Eastonville Rd.

Preevacuation -

I-25 east to Hwy 83, from Northgate Blvd to Hwy 105, this area also has a Mandatory Evac area. See above.

Area 1 - Burgess Road south to Stapelton Drive, and Vollmer Road east to Meridian Road.

Area 2 - Latigo Blvd. south to Stapelton Drive, and Meridian Road east to Highway 24.

Area 3 - Guy Ranch Road south to Stapelton Road, and Eastonville Road east to Elbert Road.

Area 4 - Burgess Road south to Old Ranch Road and Poco Road, and Milam Road east to Vollmer Road.

Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two deaths in the burn area.

Fire is 5% Contained: Rich Harvey

Preliminary Approximate Estimates:

-15,700 Acres Burned.

-38,000 People Impacted

-13,000 Homes Evacuated

-360 Count of Structures Lost

-5% Containment

-67,000 acres/105 sq miles Evac Area

-31,500 acres / 49 sq miles in Pre Evac/Voluntary

Road Closures: All roads within the evacuation zones are closed. Highway 83 north bound is closed at Powers.

Shelters: Human shelters have been established at Palmer Ridge High School & Elbert County Fairgrounds. (New Life Church is closed due to smoke)

Large Animal Shelters are established at the Elbert County Fairgrounds 303-718-3343 and El Paso County Fairgrounds. (Norris Penrose Equestrian Center and Flying W are full)

The El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan is now accepting evacuated large animals. Also, RVs and Campers are now being accepted on the fairgrounds. Electric and showers are available.

The Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton are accepting RVs and Horses. Please call first - (720) 810-3238.

Humane Society is assisting in rescuing pets left behind in evacuation areas. (719) 473-1741 ext. 1.

Those concerned about loved ones can check www.redcross.org/safeandwell for information. Evacuated individuals can also register at that site.

DONATIONS: Care and Share is accepting non-perishable donations at 2605 Preamble Point. Gatorade, water, and snack foods are being encouraged for first responders. People can also text 41010 to donate $10 directly to Care and Share.

MAIL: All mail for 80908 is being held at the Briargate post office 8585 Criterion Drive 719-265-4409 719-265-5390 719-598-7516

Fire Restrictions Stage 1

El Paso County Ordinance 02-2 governing Stage I Fire Restrictions states the following:

1. Open burning and outdoor fires are prohibited UNLESS done within permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds.

2. The use of wood burning stoves and charcoal grills at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials is ALLOWED.

3. The sale or use of fireworks is prohibited.

4. Outdoor smoking is only allowed IF done within an enclosed vehicle or building, OR done in a developed recreation site, OR while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable materials.


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