El Paso County Sheriff's Black Forest Fire Update - June 14, 5 PM
Fire is at 30% Containment
UPDATE: EVAC AREAS
All County Areas west of Hwy 83 are now on Pre Evacuation Status. The Mandatory Evac area of Sun Hills to 83 was down graded to Pre Evacuation status.
All County Areas east of Meridian have been down graded to Pre Evacuation status.
The Mandatory Evac area Hwy 83 east to Black Forest Rd and Walker Rd north to the County has been down graded to Pre Evacuation status.
The County Mandatory Eva area is now:
West Boundary is Hwy 83, from Burgess Rd to Walker Rd
East Boundary is Meridian Rd, from Burgess Rd north to the County Line
South Boundary is Burgess Rd, Hwy 83 to Meridian Rd
North Boundary is Walker Rd from Hwy 83 east to Black Forest, north to County Line, east to Meridian
Colorado Springs is on Voluntary Evacuation: North Gate and Old North Gate Road south to Interquest Parkway, and Voyager Parkway east to highway 83.
Most recent home assessment list as of 4pm, Friday (6/14/13) night: http://bit.ly/14wdoOQ. Again, due to continuous and dynamic fire activity the information concerning intact or partially damaged homes may change. We will continue to update information as it is received.
Community Meeting hosted by Commissioner Darryl Glenn regarding the Black Forest Fire is at 10 am Saturday morning (6/15/2013) at Palmer Ridge High School.
Official Twitter Updates can be found at @EPCSheriff and @EPCPIO
Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two deaths in the burn area.
Preliminary Approximate Estimates:
-15,700 Acres Burned.
-38,000 People Impacted
-13,000 Homes Evacuated
-400 Count of Structures Lost
Road Closures: All roads within the evacuation zones are closed. Highway 83 north bound is closed at Powers.
Shelters: Human shelters have been established at Palmer Ridge High School & Elbert County Fairgrounds. (New Life Church is closed due to smoke)
Large Animal Shelters are established at the Elbert County Fairgrounds 303-718-3343 and El Paso County Fairgrounds. (Norris Penrose Equestrian Center and Flying W are full)
The El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan is now accepting evacuated large animals. Also, RVs and Campers are now being accepted on the fairgrounds. Electric and showers are available.
The Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton are accepting RVs and Horses. Please call first - (720) 810-3238.
Humane Society is assisting in rescuing pets left behind in evacuation areas. (719) 473-1741 ext. 1.
Those concerned about loved ones can check www.redcross.org/safeandwell for information. Evacuated individuals can also register at that site.
DONATIONS: Care and Share is accepting non-perishable donations at 2605 Preamble Point. Gatorade, water, and snack foods are being encouraged for first responders. People can also text 41010 to donate $10 directly to Care and Share.
MAIL: All mail for 80908 is being held at the Briargate post office 8585 Criterion Drive 719-265-4409 719-265-5390 719-598-7516
Fire Restrictions Stage 1
El Paso County Ordinance 02-2 governing Stage I Fire Restrictions states the following:
1. Open burning and outdoor fires are prohibited UNLESS done within permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds.
2. The use of wood burning stoves and charcoal grills at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials is ALLOWED.
3. The sale or use of fireworks is prohibited.
4. Outdoor smoking is only allowed IF done within an enclosed vehicle or building, OR done in a developed recreation site, OR while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable materials.