Focus on after-fire public safety, public health, wells, septic

Special to the Tribune
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El Paso County Commissioners will host a public meeting this Friday, June 28th, for the residents of Black Forest to receive post-fire information and discuss initial after fire safety, debris removal, tree mitigation, permitting, wells and septic system issues.

The meeting will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Mountain Springs Church, 7345 Adventure Way, Colorado Springs, 80923. This is a change in location from what was announced at the public meeting on Wednesday morning.

Residents of the Black Forest Fire area are encouraged to attend this meeting to receive post fire information related to:

- Resources and information needed to assess the safety and viability of burned trees

- Public health resources and requirements for the safe removal of debris

- Permit process and initial steps toward reconstruction

- Wells and septic systems concerns

- Landfill services and safe disposal requirements

Representatives from the Colorado State Forest Service, The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, El Paso County Public Health and El Paso County Environmental Services will outline available services and requirements and answer questions at this meeting.

“Our community has shown great perseverance and determination in this difficult time,” said Commissioner Darryl Glenn who represents the Black Forest area on the Board of County Commissioners. “Residents starting down the road to recovery have contacted us with a lot of questions about trees, debris removal and wells so we want to focus this initial public meeting on those issues.” Commissioner Amy Lathen adds, “there will be other experts in attendance to answer as many questions as possible as we continue our recovery efforts.”

Residents in need of immediate assistance are encouraged to visit the El Paso County Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) at its new field office location on The Classical Academy campus adjacent to the Pikes Peak Community College Rampart Campus. It is close to the Black Forest burn area just off Interquest Parkway at 12201 Cross Peak View. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and closed on Sundays - telephone 719.444.8301.

Organizations providing services at the DAC field office include: Mountain View Electric, Black Hills Energy, the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, El Paso County Development Services, the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association, El Paso County Public Health., El Paso County Environmental Services, and Samaritans Purse. Most major insurance companies are also on site at the DAC field office to assist their policyholders.

More assistance information is available on the El Paso County website at www.BFFassistance.com.