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CO. SPRINGS BLACK FOREST FIRES. I am SOOOOO worried! Are any of you out there?

Posted by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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This particular fire is exactly where our home was when we lived there. I am looking at the evacuation maps and most of my friends are in the mandatory evac areas. My best friend who has a ranch on Latigo was out with her veterinarian husband last night trying to rescue clients horses that live in Black Forest, but didnt have a horse trailer. They were able to get some horses out of the arena, but then the fire department wouldn't let them back in to rescue the rest. ;-( I don't know what happened. I am hoping to hear from her this am sometime. They have 4 horses of their own, plus 3 dogs, a raccoon, 2 cats, and a parrot to move. Their brand new vet clinic is smack in the middle between Black Forest and the Falcon area. I am praying for everyone there. The weather is making this so much worse to fight the fire. 

Are any of you out there? 

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Cooler nighttime temperatures and calmer winds gave firefighters a break from hot, dry, gusty weather that fanned a wildfire that burned dozens of homes northeast of Colorado Springs and fueled three other major blazes in Colorado.


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"That's going to give our firefighters a much better advantage, if there is such a thing," El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said late Tuesday.


The Black Forest Fire in a heavily wooded residential area northeast of Colorado Springs burned 40 to 60 homes after it broke out Tuesday and prompted evacuations of about 2,300 homes, affecting about 6,400 people, Maketa said.


To the south, another blaze south of the Royal Gorge Bridge destroyed three structures near Canon City. Fires also sent plumes of smoke billowing up from southern Colorado and in Rocky Mountain National Park to the north.


At the Black Forest Fire, six helicopters and an air tanker were on the scene, Maketa said. The office of Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., said C-130 cargo planes were expected to be prepared to help fight the fire Wednesday.


The area is not far from last summer's devastating Waldo Canyon Fire that destroyed 346 homes and killed two.


"It's very, very reminiscent of what we experienced in Waldo Canyon," Maketa said.


However there were no immediate reports of injuries in the fires.


All of the fires moved quickly Tuesday, driven by record temperatures and strong winds. The conditions were making it difficult to build containment lines around the fire, and sparks jumped across them.


"Weather is not working with us right now, but our guys are giving it a heck of a shot," Maketa said.


In southern Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management said three structures have been lost in a fire on about 6 square miles near the Royal Gorge Bridge. Authorities evacuated Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, home of the soaring suspension bridge spanning the canyon across the Arkansas River.


A third wildfire in southern Colorado erupted Tuesday in rural Huerfano County. The Klikus Fire had burned an estimated 45 to 50 acres west of La Veta, prompting evacuation orders for about 200 residences.


The causes of those fires weren't immediately confirmed.


A fourth wildfire sparked by lightning Monday in Rocky Mountain National Park quickly grew to an estimated 300 to 400 acres Tuesday. No structures were threatened.


In the Colorado Springs area, George Gonzales, 74, and his wife stayed in their motorhome in the parking lot of a Red Cross shelter set up for evacuees from the Black Forest Fire. He said the two were eating lunch in town when his daughter got an alert on her phone about the fire and called them.


An officer let them go back home to retrieve their dogs, their motorhome and truck, and his heart medicine, George Gonzales said.


"Sure, we're worried, but we're hoping for the best," he said.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized federal funds to defray costs of fighting the Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires.


"There is nobody backing away and saying we're not going to attack this with everything that we've got," Gov. John Hickenlooper said late Tuesday.




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snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I'm not there, but in the state.  That particular fire is the one closest to me though.  Lots of places up in flames today

DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Just found out the fire has Jumped across Meridian. ;-( 

DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM


Are you up towards Castle Rock or South of the Srings? 

Quoting snookyfritz:

I'm not there, but in the state.  That particular fire is the one closest to me though.  Lots of places up in flames today



snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Not nearly that close.  Actually I just thought about it and the Canon City one is closest to me


Quoting DestinyHLewis:


Are you up towards Castle Rock or South of the Srings? 

Quoting snookyfritz:

I'm not there, but in the state.  That particular fire is the one closest to me though.  Lots of places up in flames today





Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM
I hope the "New Life" church has it doors open. I've been in the area a lot. Never lived there, hopefully the conditions in the area will improve soon.
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DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

I am sure they are open of they aren't in an evac area. A friend of mine said they have horses set up in a Walmart parking lot. A ton of them. I know the horse ranch near new life was accepting animals to shelter but needed hay donations. Man this is awful. 


Quoting Donna6503:

I hope the "New Life" church has it doors open. I've been in the area a lot. Never lived there, hopefully the conditions in the area will improve soon.



illinoismommy83
by Bronze Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

How scary :( Prayers for those who live in that area.

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM
I would think; because New Life wasn't in the area; but, close enough to the area being evacuated that they would be in a position to help.

Also, the AF Academy over I-25 could possibly help out too with those in the evacuation area.


Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I am sure they are open of they aren't in an evac area. A friend of mine said they have horses set up in a Walmart parking lot. A ton of them. I know the horse ranch near new life was accepting animals to shelter but needed hay donations. Man this is awful. 



Quoting Donna6503:

I hope the "New Life" church has it doors open. I've been in the area a lot. Never lived there, hopefully the conditions in the area will improve soon.





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DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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Just looked it up. They are open and are a Red Cross shelter. 

Quoting Donna6503:

I hope the "New Life" church has it doors open. I've been in the area a lot. Never lived there, hopefully the conditions in the area will improve soon.



DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM


Ill have to ask my old neighbor. Her husband works at the Academy 

Quoting Donna6503:

I would think; because New Life wasn't in the area; but, close enough to the area being evacuated that they would be in a position to help.

Also, the AF Academy over I-25 could possibly help out too with those in the evacuation area.


Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I am sure they are open of they aren't in an evac area. A friend of mine said they have horses set up in a Walmart parking lot. A ton of them. I know the horse ranch near new life was accepting animals to shelter but needed hay donations. Man this is awful. 



Quoting Donna6503:

I hope the "New Life" church has it doors open. I've been in the area a lot. Never lived there, hopefully the conditions in the area will improve soon.







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