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Press Briefing, PPCC Rampart Range Campus, Colorado Springs.
Sheriff Terry Maketa: Last night the plume died down a bit. They’ve been able to hold the fire line at east and southeast flanks of the fire. This is a very hot fire. Zero percent containment as of this time.
There is a red flag warning for fire currently.
48 square miles have been affected by the fire. In the area there are 2625 homes and 3658 people that live in the region.
While winds died down overnight, they will pick up later today, blowing toward the east. Conditions today will be unpredictable. Their priority is first, people, then property.
Zero injuries have been reported. 8000 acres affected.
The sheriff’s office will be providing information later today about properties affected by the Black Forest fire. The fire is far from under control.
155 firefighters are on site. The National Guard has come in to help relieve local police and fire fighters, including five checkpoints. Many departments are helping in the effort with traffic flow and security. Active patrols are happening in the Black Forest community to ensure security.
There are four bulldozers working to cut fire lines.
Heavy aircraft will be arriving at 11 a.m.
Black Forest’s lack of fire hydrants causes problems, because tankers need to refill often.
80-100 homes have been destroyed so far.
Some residents have refused to leave the area.
Current efforts focus on shoring up the fire lines for the weather later today.
There have been no direct reports of injuries. No cause of the fire has been determined, though the point of origin appears to be at Falcon and Shoup roads in a residential area.
Rich Harvey, incident commander for the Waldo Canyon Fire, will likely be the incident commander for this event and is arriving from Idaho momentarily.
Commissioner Dennis Hisey:
The Disaster Recovery Center will be at he Citizen Service Center on Garden of the Gods Road. It will open Thursday where residents affected by the fire can get clothes, food, shelter, insurance information and cell phones.
Additionally, the county fair grounds can still take large animals as well as RVs.
The next press briefing will be at 5 p.m. at the same location.