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At 10PM, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa updated the press on the Black Forest Fire. (website) Here’s a quick rundown:
The fire is officially being called “The Black Forest Fire” (twitter). The first report of the fire happened at approximately 1pm. The Black Forest Fire Department had command of the fire until 4pm, at which time a type three fire was declared. The fire evacuation area is 2400 acres. 7500-8000 acres have been consumed by the fire. The population of the area is 5469. 1966 homes are potentially affected.
20 National Guard officers are working to maintain security of the homes in the affected area.
There are no details on affected structures yet, however citizens may call 719-444-8300 for more information.
There is 0% containment at this time and no count on the number of structures affected, though he feels that 40-60 structures have been affected.
Large animal shelters are available at the Noriss-Penrose Equestrian Center and the Elbert County Fairgrounds.
Shelters for displaced citizens are available at Palmer Ridge High School and New Life Church.
Cooler air is helping firefighters tonight. The fire is sporadic. It is moving east/northeast.
There are no reported injuries at this time.
There are no missing persons at this time.
Air support will continue.
If you have remained behind and then decided to leave, please let police know, as you leave, your address and how many people have evacuated.
There is no count on how many people have chosen to stay behind.
Please be prepared to leave if you are in a pre-evauation area.
What is in store for tonight? They hope to establish an anchor point and stop the direction of the fire. They are emphasizing the protection of structures.
There is no information on the point of origin or cause of the fire.
The next update will be at 9AM.
Current evacuation areas are Tahosa Lane to the West, Hodgen Road to the north, Eastonville Road to the East and Burgess Road to the south. Current map of evac areas.
Care and Share’s Food Drive starts Wednesday at 9am. They’re collecting food and money, but no water or Gatorade at this time. They’re located at 2605 Preamble Point, near Constitution and Powers. You can donate $10 by texting “donate” to 41010.