Day 7, June 17, 2013 coverage of the Black Forest Fire Incident, located north of Colorado Springs, Colorado in El Paso County.
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Date started: June 11, 2013
Number of Personnel on Incident: 1,130
Location: Black Forest, Colorado, United States of America
Size: 14,280 acres
Percent Contained: 75%
Estimated Containment: June 20, 2013
Fire Dozers: 5
Water Tenders: 32
Cause: Under investigation
Helicopters: 1 Type 1 and 1 Type 3
Structures lost: 480
Injuries to Date: 1
Cost to Date: $5,555,950
Firefighters again made good progress in containing the fire. Fire behavior was reduced to creeping and smoldering due to improved weather conditions. Thunderstorms brought .11 inches of precipitation to the fire area which aided firefighters in their suppression efforts. The storm also produced lightning that ignited three new fires near the Black Forest Fire which were quickly suppressed by firefighters.
Todays Forecast and Activity:
Todays temperatures will increase slightly with a predicted high of 78 degrees. Thunderstorms will continue their pattern of entering the fire area in the early afternoon with some precipitation expected along with possible lightning activity. Fire spread is predicted to be minimal due to higher relative humidity and cool temperatures.
A continuing threat exists to structures within the fire perimeter due to the potential for extreme fire behavior from gusty winds from developing thunderstorms. The potential for re-burn from remaining hot spots within the ground fuels remains a concern. Firefighters will continue to grid the fire area for hotspots, especially around structures.
El Paso County Sheriffs Office will continue to perform damage assessments on structures in the fire area.
Due to decreasing demands from the incident, some resources are being released and made available for response for other incidents as needed.
Evacuations and Closures Some areas around the fire have now been reopened for residents. For specific information pertaining to evacuations and area closures go to rsg.epcsheriff.com or contact the Joint Information Center at 719-444-8300.