Thousands of evacuees are returning to their homes as the Black Forest Fire north of Colorado Springs reaches 85% containment. But as KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, the number of homes lost has now surpassed 500. Tuesday evening’s latest update shows the total homes destroyed as 509, and assessments continue.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

El Paso County officials continue combing through burned areas to identify which homes are lost. In some cases, surveyors can finally access the areas. In others, it requires more research from the assessor’s office. Sheriff Terry Maketa says although celebrations are warranted for homes still standing, it’s important to remember neighbors who aren’t so fortunate.

“I drive through that neighborhood every day, a couple times a day, and every time I look at a foundation, what I see is somebody losing every memory they ever created that they can never buy, replace or recapture.”

Officials have also identified the two fatalities as 52-year-old Marc Herklotz and his wife, 50-year-old Robin. Both were long-time members of Air Force Space Command.

 

Comments are closed.

News

AP
May 29, 2015 | NPR · The State Department removed Havana from the list following a thawing of relations with the United States.
 

FIFA TV/YouTube
May 29, 2015 | NPR · The “handshake for peace” was perhaps the only thing that could compete with accusations of corruption and bribery that have dominated the international gathering of soccer’s governing body.
 

EPA/Landov
May 29, 2015 | NPR · At least four people, including a suspected suicide bomber, were killed in the attack on a Shiite mosque in the kingdom’s Eastern Province.
 

Arts & Life

Disney
May 29, 2015 | NPR · On this week’s show, we tackle Tomorrowland and consider pop culture looks at both the future and the past. And as always, we chat about what’s making us happy this week.
 

HBO
May 29, 2015 | NPR · Oyelowo, who won accolades in 2014 for Selma, here works alone on camera in a dramatic film about a man coming undone in his mother’s house.
 

AMC
May 29, 2015 | NPR · Mackenzie Davis, lead actress in the AMC show, says she’s more interested in the story of an underdog woman than of a “damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams.”
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
May 29, 2015 | NPR · A spellbinding dance track that’s heavy (as you might have guessed) on the bouzouki.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 29, 2015 | NPR · This month’s mix features bouzouki music from Japan, Shangaan electro from South Africa, some good ol’-fashioned funk from Los Angeles, and much more.
 

Mountain Stage
May 29, 2015 | NPR · Hear a folk-rock band named after a hamlet midway between its members’ hometowns.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab