Sunday morning update on Black Forest Fire
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 9 a.m.
Joint Information Center (719) 444-8300 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Public Information: inciweb.org
Date started: June 11, 2013
Number of Personnel: 1175
Location: Within the City Limits of Black Forest, Colorado
Size: 14,198 acres
Percent Contained: 55%
Estimated Containment: 06/20/2013
Water Tenders: 28
Cause: Under investigation
Helicopters: 2 Type 1 and 2 Type 3
Structures lost: 480
Injuries to Date: 1
Cost to Date: $5,200,000
Fire behavior consisted of creeping, smoldering fire carried through timber litter, much the same as the previous twenty four hours. Yesterdays weather was calm with no thunderstorms or rain over the fire area. Firefighters were able to make good progress in building fireline to contain the fire, especially on its western flank. Suppression of hot spots continued to ensure that they do not flare up and re-threaten nearby structures.
Today Forecast and Activity
A continuing threat exists to structures within the fire perimeter due to the potential for extreme fire behavior resulting from extremely dry fuels and potential winds from passing thunderstorms. Efforts will concentrate on locating and extinguishing hot spots throughout the fire with particular focus in areas near structures. A primary objective for the Incident Management Team is to return residents to evacuated areas as fire activities and conditions allow for the their safety. Utility companies are working in the burned area to secure gas and electricity for those residents who will be returning to their homes. The acreage burned has been revised due to more accurate mapping on the fire.
Evacuation orders were lifted in the following areas:
East of Meridian from Count Line Road to Burgess
Highway 83 West to Sun Hills and Baptist Road
Walker road North to County Line Road
Black Forest East to Highway 83
Highway 83 has been reopened
El Paso County Sheriffs office will continue to perform damage assessments.
Evacuations and Closures For specific information pertaining to evacuations and area closures go to rsg.epcsheriff.com or contact the Joint Information Center at 719-444-8300.