Firefighters and local law enforcement authorities, working in conjunction with heavy equipment crews and slurry drops, were able to hold a fire line from the Black Forest Fire at Hardy and Eastonville roads in El Paso County, about 1½ miles south of the Elbert County line, according to a statement from Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap.
“Elbert County fire districts, as well as ESCO deputies, have, without a doubt, saved lives, property and animals,” Heap said.
Fire spotters have been placed throughout the southern end of Elbert County to monitor the fire’s progress.
As of noon June 14, residents living between the El Paso County line and County Road 86, and west of Elbert Road, remain on mandatory evacuation orders.
Residents residing north of County Road 82-86 to County Road 106, and west of Elbert Road, may return to their residences, but must remain on a pre-evacuation status. Pre-evacuation means ready to leave with minimal notice.
The Elbert County Fairgrounds remains open as an evacuation center for people, pets and livestock. Anyone needing assistance with transporting animals should call 303-805-6141.