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At his 5pm news conference, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said as many as 92 homes have burned in the Black Forest Fire. The evacuation zone covers 8500 acres that is home to some 9500 people. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, it’s a complicated fire to fight.

 

The fire has skipped around, consuming some homes and trees but leaving unburned areas behind. With the wind expected to change direction, Sheriff Maketa says it’s unclear which properties are safe, and he knows there are people who chose to stay.

One of my fears is that people took their chances and it may have cost them their life.

Black Forest resident Bruce Buksar says he thought at first the fire had bypassed his house. The 68-year-old didn’t leave until just before 6 Tuesday night, when he heard the fire roar closer and closer. Buksar left a sprinkler running on his roof, but doesn’t think it helped.

You work your whole life to have your own place on this globe. You find some place that’s special to you and then it’s gone. I have no idea what my life is going to be going forward.

El Paso County officials expect to open a disaster recovery center Thursday at its Citizen Service Center on Garden of the Gods Road where evacuees can get assistance and meet with insurance representatives. For KRCC News, I’m Liz Ruskin.

 

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