Black Forest Fire seen from Florrisant.

Black Forest Fire seen from Florrisant.

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.

Black Forest Fire from Powers and Stetson Hills.

Black Forest Fire from Powers and Stetson Hills.

 

Comments are closed.

News

Washington Post/Getty Images
October 21, 2014 | NPR · As editor, Bradlee led the newspaper to national eminence with charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House.
 

AP
October 21, 2014 | NPR · Bradlee was the editor who ushered in the paper’s golden era, overseeing its reporting during the Watergate scandal.
 

AP
October 21, 2014 | NPR · The Nebraska Medical Center says Ashoka Mukpo was cleared by the CDC and will be discharged on Wednesday.
 

Arts & Life

October 21, 2014 | NPR · Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday’s announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.
 

St. Martin's Press
October 21, 2014 | NPR · “The Hot Dog Clock” and “The Forever Diaper” are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.
 

Courtesy of Scoop Marketing
October 21, 2014 | NPR · In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new box-set releases are aimed at baby boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
October 21, 2014 | NPR · Will Oldham may guest in this new song from rustic songwriter Doug Paisley, but the star of “Until I Find You” is visual artist Heather Goodchild.
 

Courtesy of the artists
October 21, 2014 | NPR · This week on All Songs Considered: the reunion of a band very dear to our hearts, The Flaming Lips cover Sgt. Pepper’s and selections from NPR Music’s showcase during the CMJ music festival.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 21, 2014 | NPR · The D.C. instrumental rock band’s hefty track sends vibrations through the chest. Black Clouds’ melodies are tastefully driven through what’s surely a spaceship-console-worthy rack of effects pedals.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab