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Black Forest Fire: I-25 impacted by more evacuations; 360 homes & 15,000 acres burned
7 News the Denver Channel ^ | 06/13/13 | unknown

Posted on 06/13/2013 3:14:33 PM PDT by beaversmom

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Colorado's most destructive fire continues to roar through the heavily wooded neighborhoods in Black Forest, and is heading toward the city of Colorado Springs, prompting officials yet again to expand the mandatory evacuation zone Thursday afternoon, now to include parts of the city of Colorado Springs.

The newest evacuations impact 1,020 homes and 3,000 people. Officials say University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will open as a shelter for evacuees within the hour.

The Colorado State Patrol also said at 2:30 p.m. that through traffic on northbound and southbound Interstate 25 from Interquest Parkway to Baptist Road should use the left lane. The right lane will be reserved for evacuees and emergency vehicles.

At 1:45 p.m. the city of Colorado Springs issued a mandatory evacuation order for:

- Northern Boundary: North Gate and Old North Gate Road

- Southern Boundary: Flying Horse Club Drive (to include homes south of Flying Horse Club Drive on Barossa Valley Road and Veneto Way)/Vine Cliff Heights/Equinox Drive/Serenity Peak Drive

- Eastern Boundary: Highway 83

- Western Boundary: Voyager Parkway

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office expanded its mandatory evacuation order:

- West to Sunhills Dr and Granby Rd

- North to Baptist Road including Fox Run Park

(See evacuation map below or click here if you're on mobile: http://ch7ne.ws/10agjgQ)

-- Fire destroys 360 homes, is rapidly growing --

Flare-ups started in the fire zone around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

7NEWS reporter Eric Lupher was with animal rescue crews in the burn zone when they were told to leave.

"We're getting out. Just got a phone call that fire is blowing up. Unsafe to stay," Lupher tweeted.

The flare-up happened just three hours after the El Paso County Sheriff announced the fire had destroyed 360 homes.

Maketa said they expected high temperatures and high winds to be a problem today.

"We are watching the weather conditions very closely," Maketa said. "The wind is probably our No.1 threat. The winds yesterday really stirred the fire and pushed it in quite a few different directions. We saw the fire travel quite a bit and saw quite a bit of devastation from it."

There is a Red Flag Warning for the area Thursday, said 24/7 Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson.

The fire has destroyed 360 homes and 14 other homes have been partially damaged, Maketa said during a Thursday morning briefing. Maketa said homes at 79 other addresses could not be verified because of downed trees and fire activity.

"Those numbers are pretty staggering," Maketa said. "Homes we knew were standing yesterday I personally witnessed going down last night."

-- View a complete list of the homes lost: http://ch7ne.ws/150n3dx

Maketa said about 20 deputies worked in dangerous conditions throughout the night to reverify that list.

"I know of two or three occasions where we actually had to pull our units out because they were getting trapped with the activity from this fire," Maketa said.

Last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire had been the most destructive fire in Colorado history with 346 homes lost. That fire started June 23, 2012 and evacuations peaked at 32,000 on June 27, 2012. The Waldo Canyon Fire, also in the Colorado Springs area, burned 18,247 acres.

Maketa said the Black Forest Fire has now burned 15,000 acres. There is no containment.

The evacuation area also expanded early Thursday morning to cover more than 38,000 people.

"We do have a very broad evacuation area," Maketa said. "That area to the north and what you're seeing coming out of Douglas County and Elbert County is precautionary because of the fact of the way the winds are expected to blow. We just want to take every precaution to keep citizens safe at this point."

Investigators have already begun work to determine how the fire started. Maketa said arson investigators have started sifting through the ash and looking at burn patterns.

"[It's a] very exhaustive and time-consuming process," Maketa said.

Maketa did share some good news. He said 1,205 homes in the Black Forest area remain unaffected. Some of the homes are in the burn zone.

"We see where homes were lost, they were completely losses, and its series 6-8-10, and then you'll have one standing home," Maketa said.

-- Colorado Governor says faster response is needed --

Gov. John Hickenlooper talked to reporters at Palmer Lake High School, where many evacuees are staying. The governor said he met with many of the families, some who had lost their homes to the fire.

Hickenlooper said valuable lessons have already been learned in fighting Colorado wildfires.

"The one thing we learn again and again: the sooner we get to them, the faster we stop them," he said. "It's got to be faster, we have to figure out how to get resources to a fire -- if it means more trucks that first hour -- that's when we got a chance."

Hickenlooper said the fire was "everywhere" within four hours of its ignition.

"To constrain it, you need more vehicles and work crews."

He said air tankers hit the fire "faster than last year."

"All we can do is fight. We just don't quit," he said.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 0bamariggingamerica; beneathyourfeet; blackforestfire; coloradofires; earthwillburn; muslims; wildfires

1 posted on 06/13/2013 3:14:33 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Wow, here we (or they) go again.

We live up north now but used to live in the Springs. It sounds like it is turning back towards the city? Or maybe expanding.

Very sad to see.


2 posted on 06/13/2013 3:22:14 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: beaversmom

The damage is exceeding last year’s Waldo Canyon fire.


3 posted on 06/13/2013 3:23:21 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: beaversmom
This is just sickening, especially given what Colorado Springs went through last year. My understanding is there is no containment and the fire is just running before the wind. The big Boy/Cub Scout camp in Elbert County has been evacuated and shut down until further notice.

The air in Denver has been full of smoke since yesterday and was so bad yesterday afternoon some wondered if they could play the ball game due to visibility.

4 posted on 06/13/2013 3:29:49 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: beaversmom

My wife’s cousin passed away the last Sunday in May. We went to the memorial serice on the 7th of June. Her husband’s home is in the crosshairs of this fire and less than a mile away. I cannot fathom where his thoughts are. Pray for him, we are!


5 posted on 06/13/2013 3:34:34 PM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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To: rhubarbk

Oh I’m so sorry for him. How awful.


6 posted on 06/13/2013 3:36:09 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: dhs12345

I’m in the Springs and we’re having a windy day.


7 posted on 06/13/2013 3:37:12 PM PDT by Taylor42
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To: colorado tanker

It was extremely thick up here yesterday. Winds must have changed as I’m not smelling it like yesterday...or I’m just getting used to it.


8 posted on 06/13/2013 3:37:20 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

According to the article the fire was headed to the Springs proper, so it appears the wind changed. I have always thought the street system of a city would stop any wildland fire. I hope that’s right.


9 posted on 06/13/2013 3:39:53 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: beaversmom
arson???
10 posted on 06/13/2013 3:40:19 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: colorado tanker

Yes, that makes sense.


11 posted on 06/13/2013 3:41:16 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Taylor42

Bummer. Good luck!


12 posted on 06/13/2013 3:41:50 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: beaversmom

Thank you for your kind comments.


13 posted on 06/13/2013 3:45:28 PM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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To: beaversmom

Even Fedex is warning of slowed deliveries because of
this fire. I’m expecting a package from out there.
New crossbow from PSE for this years deer hunting,
can’t pull my Reflex any more, shoulderitius.


14 posted on 06/13/2013 3:46:00 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: CodeToad

Significantly south of you, right?


15 posted on 06/13/2013 3:49:30 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: rhubarbk

I will keep him in my prayers. His whole world must feel like it is collapsing.. I am so sorry to hear this.


16 posted on 06/13/2013 3:58:02 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: colorado tanker; All
According to the article the fire was headed to the Springs proper, so it appears the wind changed. I have always thought the street system of a city would stop any wildland fire. I hope that’s right.

From my contacts the lone part of Co Springs proper -- which was just underway for mandatory evac today -- is the furthest tip North of the city & is = with the lowest portion of Black Forest. Even tho this portion of Co Springs isn't heavily wooded, Black Forest to the East of it is...and the winds are blowing the flames that way.

Because of these winds...I'm told that the sections now at risk include not only the unburnt portions of Black Forest & that one section of Co Springs, but Glen Eagle North/NW of there, and then (eventually) the eastern portion of the community of Monument...and then the winds are supposed to re shift from the West tonight...meaning other parts of Black Forest, the northern portion of the community of Falcon -- and rural Elbert County -- will become at risk.

All total, this will push it well beyond 40,000 people under mandatory evac!

Also reports have emerged that there is a new fire 5 miles north of Cripple Creek in the mountains West of Co Springs...and part of the facilities of the Royal Gorge park were destroyed (not the bridge) in a separate fire West of Canon City.

17 posted on 06/13/2013 4:07:03 PM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

I know it’s one family in the midst of a huge disaster, but I have wondered if the family of the murdered head of the Department of Corrections has been burned out.


18 posted on 06/13/2013 4:19:36 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Colofornian

It sounds like the entire Black Forest is going to burn. Horrible.


19 posted on 06/13/2013 4:23:58 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Colofornian

The wind is coming from the west on the Range now (quite a few miles northwest of the Springs here), so 24 to 9 to the resorts might be a good route for some. For others, if they can get safely to 67 at Woodland and go north to Santa Fe Dr. (85), that’s a long but nice way around traffic to the west Denver area.


20 posted on 06/13/2013 4:26:01 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: DuncanWaring

10-15 miles southeast. Extremely small chance it could jump over the prairie and set our forest on fire.


21 posted on 06/13/2013 4:30:22 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: DuncanWaring

Several co-workers have lost their homes. This thing is disorganized and creates spot fires here and there. It’s like a whack-a-mole game trying to put it out.


22 posted on 06/13/2013 4:32:39 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: colorado tanker
I don't believe any of Monument has been touched yet...

(Was just told they've had the first two discovered fatalities of the fire...a couple that didn't get out of a house in time)

23 posted on 06/13/2013 4:32:51 PM PDT by Colofornian
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To: beaversmom

Earlier continuing thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3030867/posts


24 posted on 06/13/2013 4:41:47 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
Now reporting two bodies recovered in burn area...
25 posted on 06/13/2013 5:01:30 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Colofornian

It’s been labeled a crime scene. May be something other than being too slow as the cause.


26 posted on 06/13/2013 5:09:08 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: CedarDave

Thanks Cedar Dave.


27 posted on 06/13/2013 5:20:34 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: colorado tanker

thats about right. Gazette has good updates.

http://gazette.com/updates-two-dead-in-black-forest-fire-mass-evacuations-ordered-in-northern-colorado-springs/article/1502250


28 posted on 06/13/2013 5:24:53 PM PDT by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: beaversmom

6:15 p.m. Recap of Black Forest fire numbers:

Deaths: 2

Size: 15,700 acres. 25 square miles.

Containment; 5 percent

Evacuations: 41,000 people from 14,000 homes in El Paso County and city of Colorado Springs.

Homes destroyed: 360, as of 2 a.m. Thursday

Firefighters: 750


29 posted on 06/13/2013 5:28:01 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: Red Steel

The Waldo Canyon fire, was there any cause determined?


30 posted on 06/13/2013 5:43:51 PM PDT by averagemo
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To: averagemo

Nope. They simply dropped all pretenses of looking.


31 posted on 06/13/2013 5:49:39 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: CodeToad

Cr@p.

Didn’t realize it was that close.

Got two inches of rain here last night.

Fat lot of good it does you.


32 posted on 06/13/2013 5:51:22 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: CodeToad

Got it.


33 posted on 06/13/2013 5:51:56 PM PDT by averagemo
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To: colorado tanker

nope


34 posted on 06/13/2013 7:31:38 PM PDT by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: beaversmom

The smoke is chokingly heavy in Castle Rock (according to a close friend there). I am praying they get this thing under control! Prayers for all in harms way!


35 posted on 06/13/2013 8:11:30 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: beaversmom

Stay safe, Colorado Freepers.


36 posted on 06/13/2013 9:24:23 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Chode

“Forest Jihad”?


37 posted on 06/14/2013 6:33:34 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: CedarDave

I posted over on your Black Forest thread as well...but I have to ask for some local “background” on the fire and area.

My daughter, son in law and grandbaby, relocated to Castle Rock, CO for his job. She texts me a few times a day, and has been noting the smoke a d haze (yesterday they added ash) and denser smoke to her comments. She is “miles away” from the fire; and she explained how her area is Palmer Pass—and they are a “wet” area and that other than smell and haze “no threat” from the fire. In pray she is correct, but I also wonder (this being their first experience w/wild fires) that they are NOT fully aware.

Any input from any local CO would be greatly appreciated! As I haven’t hear from her today:(


38 posted on 06/14/2013 7:01:51 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (G-d be with and keep safe Edward Snowden!)
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To: CodeToad

Ping.


39 posted on 06/14/2013 7:05:24 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

She is easily 20 miles from the fire and the fire would have to jump more than 10 miles of prairie to get to her. She’s perfectly safe.


40 posted on 06/14/2013 8:17:45 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: beaversmom

I flew sailplanes out of the old Black Forest Gliderport from the late ‘70s until it closed in the mid-’80s. It was a very special place, and I spent a lot of time flying over the Black Forest to the north of the field. It’s heartbreaking to think of the destruction that is being wrought in that area.


41 posted on 06/14/2013 9:58:03 AM PDT by noiseman (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: elcid1970
that's what i was thinking anyway, that or the Aztlaners maybe...
42 posted on 06/14/2013 2:33:57 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

479 homes destroyed (still counting).


43 posted on 06/16/2013 8:40:32 AM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: cookcounty
and still no cause?
44 posted on 06/16/2013 9:10:58 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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