Black Forest Fire

Jun 14, 2013 12:17 PM by Maddie Garrett

Maketa on Black Forest Fire: "Last night was a success"

UPDATE: Black Forest Fire remains at 5% containment Friday morning, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa and Incident Commander Rich Harvey announced at a 9:00am press conference. Harvey said, "we gained something last night," however they're "not ready to quantify it." They will update containment numbers at the 5:00pm press conference at Pikes Peak Community College.

The mood of the press conference was more uplifting than the past, Sheriff Maketa told those in attendance he was in better spirits Friday morning and encouraged by the successes from the night before, saying "this was the turning point the firefighters had been looking for."

Maketa and Harvey said they didn't lose any ground the night before and no additional homes were lost. The total number of homes destroyed by the fire remains at 379, a number that was updated around midnight Friday, and just more than 1,800 unharmed by the fire. However, Maketa said they are going to continue to survey homes during the day, with about 7,000 homes remaining that need to be assessed. Crews will also re-verify and double check the 2,200 homes already surveyed.

In addition to holding fire lines overnight, Colorado Springs Fire Department said that no fire reached the Flying Horse subdivision, a concern area on the west side of Highway 83. They will wait until Saturday morning to re-evaluate the mandatory evacuation in the area. All other mandatory evacuations, voluntary evacuations and pre-evacuation zones remain in effect.



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