Day 10, June 20, 2013, Black Forest Fire Incident, located in El Paso County, Colorado near Colorado Springs.
Thousands of residents had been evacuated from this area and were more than ready to get back to their homes and property after this disaster.
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Total Personnel: 362
Size: 14,280 acres
Percent Contained: 95%
Estimated Containment Date: Thursday June 20th, 2013 approximately 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved: Timber, including Ponderosa Pine, plus grass and oak shrubs.
Overnight RH recoveries last night were excellent reaching 100%. ERCs have stalled at the 83rd percentile. Primary file carrier is found in the understory duff and timber litter layers.
There were a significant number of resources that have been release to include: 1 Type I helicopter, 2T2 crews, 3 water tenders, 21 engine and 1 dozer, due to resources continuing to meet management objectives.
Continue to provide for life and safety as evacuations continue to be lifted. Locate and extinguish all hot spots while continuing perimeter control using direct attack as needed. Continue coordination with the utility companies, local/state/federal partners and El Paso County Sheriffs Office assessment team. Begin transition planning to a Type 4 organization.
Growth Potential: Low
Terrain Difficulty: Medium
Evacuations are being lifted at the direction of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in coordination with Great Basin Team 2. Structure counts were updated to reflect current numbers given by El Paso County Sheriff's Office
100% contained as of 6/21/2013; Large, fast-spreading fire due to dry conditions, high heat and restless winds. The 14,280 acre fire has destroyed 509 homes and left 17 homes partially damaged. As of June 13, 2013 it became the most destructive fire in Colorado state history. ATF and state officials are investigating the point of origin and cause of the blaze that claimed the lives of two people. As of June 21, 2013 estimates of damage are expected to exceed $90 million