Black Forest Fire Incident Coverage, June 18, 2013 in El Paso County, Colorado, USA.
This wind driven fire moved very quickly the first day, June 11, 2013. The current assessment has determined 502 structures have been destroyed and 18 were damaged. Several thousand residents were evacuated. As areas cool down and have been cleared of potential safety hazards, some residents are being allowed to return to their homes. Safety assessments of structures are ongoing. Multiple resources have been released as firefighters continue to make progress toward their containment objectives.
Overnight RH recoveries last night were good reaching 83%. ERCs are dropping steady and currently 84th percentile. Primary fire carrier is found in the understory duff and timber litter layers.
Restrictions are in the process of being lifted in the Delta, Kilo and Whiskey divisions Utility crews continue assessing and securing service to residences for future re-entry. El Paso County Sheriffs office continues to do assessments within the area and coordinate the reentry of residents. Excess resources are being released as incident objectives are being met. Resources continue to mop up and secure around structures to prevent further loss.
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Date started: June 11, 2013
Number of Personnel: 966
Location: Black Forest, Colorado
Size: 14,280 acres
Percent Contained: 75%
Estimated Containment: 06/20/2013
Water Tenders: 32
Cause: Under investigation
Helicopters: 1 Type 3
Structures lost: 483
Injuries to Date: 1
Cost to Date: $5,555,950