As fires raged around but aren't touching property in Teller County as of the morning of June 12, Sheriff Mike Ensminger is keeping close watch on developments. “We've sent two structural engines from Cripple Creek and Northeast Teller County Fire Protection District to Black Forest,” Ensminger said.
For now, the county is within range of the Royal Gorge Fire in Canon City. “We're not sending any more than 2 engines because we don't want to decrease our resources,” the sheriff said. “If anything were to happen we want to be prepared. We're pretty good at defending ourselves.”