Waldo Canyon Fire victims to mentor Black Forest victims

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A program through which the experience gained by property owners affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire can be shared with people impacted by the Black Forest Fire is being developed by Colorado Springs Together, the nonprofit organization established to facilitate and coordinate the recovery after the Waldo Canyon Fire. Black Forest Fire victims may access the program by calling 719.593.0010 or though http://www.coloradospringstogether.org/

“Over the last 12 months our community gained more experience in fire recovery than any of us would have ever wanted,” said Bob Cutter, president and founder of Colorado Springs Together. “The most experienced people in our community are the citizens who suffered devastating losses last year; our intent is to match up those citizens whose homes were destroyed or damaged in the Waldo Canyon Fire with people who suffered the same losses in the Black Forest Fire.”

Many Mountain Shadows residents and homeowners associations have already expressed an interest in helping their fellow citizens in Black Forest navigate the path that is ahead of them. The voluntary program is intended to speed the recovery process for those affected by the Black Forest Fire through the sharing of knowledge with insurance claims, debris removal, rebuilding permits, temporary living, and working through the day-to-day challenges following the disaster.

On June 26, 2012, 347 homes were lost to the Waldo Canyon Fire. To date, almost 200 properties have received permits to rebuild, and approximately 70 homes are certified for occupancy.