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  • Black Forest Fire investigation: El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa disputes fire chief's report

    11/21/2013 8:13:23 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    There are conflicting reports about the investigation into the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history. Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey told KRDO-TV this week that the fire was human caused. ... However, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa wrote on a Facebook and issued a statement saying he was shocked that Harvey talked about an active investigation and accused Harvey of mishandling the event. "Do not buy into Chief Harvey's claims until it's confirmed by the actual agency that has been the lead of the investigation and will base its findings on indisputable scientific evidence that can withstand the...
  • Black Forest Fire: I-25 impacted by more evacuations; 360 homes & 15,000 acres burned

    06/13/2013 3:14:33 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 43 replies
    7 News the Denver Channel ^ | 06/13/13 | unknown
    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...
  • A 'shocking' 360 homes 'complete losses' as fight resumes in Black Forest fire (Colorado)

    06/13/2013 9:26:09 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 81 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | June 13, 2013 | Gazette staff
    El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says at least 360 homes are complete losses -- numbers he calls "shocking" -- and another 14 are damaged as firefighters prepare to face another "red flag" day fighting the Black Forest fire. The destruction of homes ranks the Black Forest fire as the worst wildfire in Colorado history, surpassing the 347 homes destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire last June in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Colorado Springs. It also ranks atop the list for most forced evacuations. Maketa said 38,000 people have been forced from their homes by the Black Forest fire,...