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Black Forest, Royal Gorge Fire updates and links

By KRDO.com Staff
Published On: Jun 11 2013 02:13:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 03:00:22 PM CDT

Careese Marie Photography

SOUTHERN COLORADO -

Two people are dead and 511 homes have burned as the Black Forest Fire becomes the most destructive in Colorado history. The victims have been identified as 52-year-old Marc Allen Herklotz and his wife, 50-year-old Robin Lauran Herklotz. Most of the remaining mandatory evacuations were lifted Thursday as officials announced 100% containment was reached on the 14,280 acre fire.

BLACK FOREST FIRE: VITAL LINKS

Map of evacuation boundaries & destroyed homes from The Denver Post.

Condition of homes listed by address -- prepared by the Sheriff's office.

To donate or register as a volunteer visit helpcoloradonow.org

Counseling Services for those Affected by the Black Forest Fire

El Paso County / Disaster Assistance Center.

Up to the minute road closure information.

Ready, set, go!: What you need to know about evacuating.

The Black Forest Fire

*** Black Forest Fire information line: Call 719-444-8300 ***
*** Black Forest Fire investigation tip line: 719-444-8393 ***
*** You can also e-mail tips to blackforestfiretipline@elpasoco.com ***
*** To volunteer to help fire victims e-mail bffvolunteer@elpasoco.com ***
***The Disaster Assistance Center is open with services for fire Victims: 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd.  8 a.m. -  6 p.m.***

The Black Forest Fire burning in northern El Paso County is now 100% contained. Sheriff Terry Maketa says two people died in the fire. 52-year-old Marc Allen Herklotz and his wife, 50-year-old Robin Lauran Herklotz were found in the garage of their home on Jicarilla Drive.

The 14,280 acre fire destroyed 511 homes. By comparison, the Waldo Canyon Fire burned 346 homes.

A 24-hour, self-serve water station has been set up for returning evacuees. It is located at Black Forest and Burgess Roads. This water is safe to drink. Plastic water containers are available at the distribution center.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Thursday (6/20) that the fire's point of origin has been narrowed down to a 28-square-foot area.  Sheriff Maketa said natural causes have been "all but ruled out."

The type 1 fire management team that has been overseeing the firefight is preparing to leave. A type III team will take over on Friday morning.

UPDATED EVACUATION:

Updated at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24.

All remaining pre-evacuation orders for the Black Forest Fire have now been lifted.

Updated at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.

As of 5 p.m.today, Sheriff Terry Maketa has reopened the final restricted area of Black Forest to residents who have received Black Forest Fire Re-Entry Information Packets and Red Placards. Access will be allowed to residents at any and all road closure points.  Residents will be allowed to enter and exit the restricted areas as necessary and without any restrictions on hours.

The open area does include the following roads and/or addresses:

  • Darr Cir.
  • Peregrine Way
  • Falcon Dr.
  • 12715 Milam Road
  • 4150 and 4350 Shoup Road


Updated at 10:22 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.

At 10 a.m. today the Sheriff’s Office allowed most Black Forest residents who have received Black Forest Fire Re-Entry Information Packets and Red Placards open access to the burn areas. Access will be allowed to residents at any and all road closure points. Residents will be allowed to enter and exit the restricted areas as necessary and without any restrictions on hours.

The following roads and/or addresses are still closed to residents due to crime scene investigation:

  • Darr Cir.
  • Peregrine Way
  • Falcon Dr.
  • 12715 Milam Road
  • 4150 and 4350 Shoup Road


Residents who were unable to visit their property during the two scheduled events on 06/18/13 or 06/19/13 or have not received their Black Forest Re-Entry Information Packet or Red Placard can do so by responding to the check point at Black Forest Road and Shoup Road.  The Sheriff’s Office will staff this site with a deputy for the purpose of issuing information packets and vehicle placards.  After providing proof of residency in the restricted area via a driver’s license and/or vehicle registration, residents will receive information packets and/or vehicle placards.

Updated at 5:08 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19.

Homes with HWY 83 addresses and DIRECT access from HWY 83 have now been downgraded to pre-evacuation status.

Updated at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19.

Sheriff Maketa downgraded a new area of Mandatory Evacuation to Pre-Evacuation Status. Beginning immediately, the following roads west of Vollmer Road are now on pre-evacuation status and residents can go home.

• Lakeview Drive
• Ponderosa Road
• Freeman Drive
• Woodcrest Drive
• Cyprus Road
• Ponderosa Springs Point

Residents should access the area from the north off Hodgen Road via Herring Road or Vollmer.

Residents trying to reenter will need to show their driver’s license or vehicle registration. Residents are encouraged to leave heavy equipment alone.  Please do not remove the flags on your property. Those are a signal to first responders the area has been cleared for reentry.

Updated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19.

Sheriff Maketa will temporarily open the area west of Black Forest Road and east of Hwy 83 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, to residents only.  Residents will only be able to stay for three hours. All residents in this area will be required to leave at 1 p.m.  The Sheriff hopes to reopen the area permanently within the next couple of days.

Residents need to enter at one of the following checkpoints: 

  •  West: Shoup Rd. and Tahosa Lane 
  •  South: Black Forest Rd. and Shoup Rd.
  •  North: Black Forest Rd. and Connaught Dr.

Residents in the following area – Falcon Drive east to Milam Road, and along Peregrine Way, south of Darr Circle, and north of Shoup Road – must be escorted to and from their residence by law enforcement due to the on going investigation on the cause of the fire. The residents will have privacy while inspecting their homes.

Updated at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18.

Sheriff Maketa will open the area north of Shoup Rd. and east of Black Forest Rd. to residents only at 4 p.m.  Residents will only be able to stay for three hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Residents will be required to leave at 7 p.m.  The Sheriff hopes to reopen the area permanently within the next two days.

Residents need to enter at one of the following checkpoints:

  • Shoup Rd. and Black Forest Rd.
  • Black Forest Rd. and Connaught Dr.
  • Vollmer Rd. and Shoup Rd.
  • Vollmer Rd. and Kirk Dr.

A “Reentry Supplies and First Aid Station” will be available to assist and support residents in the Black Forest burned areas. The supplies station will open today at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the School in the Woods located at 12002 Vollmer Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

SUPPLIES AVAILABLE WHILE THEY LAST:

  • Cleanup supplies, such as shovels, gloves, and N95 masks.
  • Basic first aid supplies.
  • Red cross will be available with snacks, bottled water, Gatorade, and cleanup kits.
  • Public health staff will be available for technical advice for residents who are reentering and have concerns with well water and/or septic systems.

Updated at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18.

Residents of Cathedral Pines and these three addresses 12780, 12630, 12840 Milam Rd. will be allowed back into their properties at 2 p.m.today.  They will remain on pre-evacuation status.  To access the area residents need to travel north on Milam Rd. until it intersects with Shoup Rd.  Shoup Rd. from Vollmer to Tahosa Rd. remains closed to the public.

Vessey Rd. east of Holmes Rd. and Peregrine Way will remain under mandatory evacuation.

Residents reentering will need to show their driver’s license, I.D. or vehicle registration and are encouraged to leave heavy equipment alone.  Please do not remove the flags on your property. Those are a signal to first responders the area has been cleared for reentry.

A “Reentry Supplies and First Aid Station” will be available to assist and support residents in the Black Forest burned areas. The supplies station will open today at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the School in the Woods located at 12002 Vollmer Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

SUPPLIES AVAILABLE WHILE THEY LAST:

  • Cleanup supplies, such as shovels, gloves, and N95 masks.
  • Basic first aid supplies.
  • Red cross will be available with snacks, bottled water, Gatorade, and cleanup kits.
  • Public health staff will be available for technical advice for residents who are reentering and have concerns with well water and/or septic systems.

Updated at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18.

All areas east of Vollmer Rd. and north of Burgess Rd. will be allowed back into their homes
11 a.m. today (6-18-13) and downgraded to pre-evacuation status. Residents may access the area through the following roads:

  •  Walker Rd
  •  MurphyRd
  •  Hodgen Rd
  •  Latigo Blvd
  •  Vollmer Rd
  •  RaygorRd
  •  Meridian Rd


Residents reentering will need to show their driver’s license, I.D. or registration and are encouraged to leave heavy equipment alone. Please do not remove the flags on your property. Those are a signal to first responders the area has been cleared for reentry.

A “Reentry Supplies and First Aid Station” will be available to assist and support residents in the Black Forest burned areas. The supplies station will open today at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the School in the Woods located at 12002 Vollmer Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Supplies Available (until supplies last):

  •  Cleanup supplies, such as shovels gloves and N95 masks.
  •  Basic first aid supplies.
  •  Red Cross will be available with snacks, bottled water, Gatorade, and cleanup kits.
  •  Public Health staff will be available for technical advice for residents who are reentering and have concerns with well water and/or septic systems.

Updated at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, June 17.

Most areas north of Hodgen Rd. are now under pre-evacuation, including the following areas:

  • South of Walker Road
  • East of Bar X Rd. and Highlands Estates Rd.
  • North of Hodgen Rd.
  • West of Winchester Rd.
  • North side of Morgan Rd.
  • North side of Hardy Rd.


Residents trying to reenter will need to show their driver’s license or registration. Residents are encouraged to leave heavy equipment alone.  Please do not remove the flags on your property. Those are a signal to first responders the area has been cleared for reentry.

Residents need to use the following reentry points:

  • From the west - use Hodgen Rd. or Walker Rd.
  • From the east - use Evans Rd. or McCune Rd.
  • From the north - use County Line Rdr. to Black Forest Rd. or Meridian Rd.


Meridian Rd. North of Hodgen Rd. is now open.

Updated at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16.

1.  The area between Highland Estates Drive west to Black Forest Rd, from Walker Rd south to Hodgen Rd. is now on Pre Evac.

2. The area west of Vollmer Rd. from Hogden Rd south to just south of Kirk Dr, then west across Wildridge Rd. just south of Basin Dr. across Black Forest Rd, just south of Country Estates Lane, turning north west to connect with the current boundary line.

Kirk Dr. is now on Pre Evac

Basin Dr. is now on Pre Evac

Country Estates Lane is now on Pre Evac

Connaught Dr. is still in the Mandatory Evac zone.

Areas on the east side of Vollmer Rd are still in the Mandatory Evac zone.

3. The a small area just east of Hwy 83 including Abert Way and Chickaree Lane is now on Pre Evacuation

4. The area between Shoup Rd. south to Burgess Rd., from Howells Rd. east to Vollmer Rd. is now on Pre Evac status.

Shoup Road remains closed to all citizens for the safety of emergency personnel and emergency vehicles utilizing the road to continue to fight the fire.

Residents with addresses on Shoup Rd., Donavan Lane, Casey Lane, Glenridge Lane and Clear Lane will not be allowed to access their homes off of Shoup Rd.

At 8 p.m. Saturday all county areas north of Hodgen Rd. and west of Black Forest Rd. and north of Walker Rd. including High Forest Ranch will open. All county areas west of Hwy 83 are now open. 

All County areas east of Meridian Rd to Eastonville Rd are on Pre Evacuation status. 

The area from Hwy 83 east to Black Forest Rd and Walker Rd north to County Line Rd. is on Pre Evacuation status.

All mandatory evacuations inside Colorado Springs city limits were lifted Friday afternoon. Those areas are now under a voluntary evacuation.

Mandatory evacuation boundaries: (Updated 6/16/13 at 11 a.m.)
West Boundary
is Hwy 83, from Burgess Rd to Walker Rd
East Boundary is Meridian Rd, from Burgess Rd north to Walker Rd. Meridian Road is CLOSED to the Public, must have Local ID to access.
South Boundary is Burgess Rd, Hwy 83 to Meridian Rd
North Boundary is Walker Rd.

The Red Cross has established an evacuation shelter at Palmer Ridge High School, 19255 Monument Hill Road, for anyone who has been displaced by the Black Forest Fire.

Evacuation shelters at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the Elbert County Fairgrounds closed Saturday night. 

Black Forest mail is being held at the Briargate post office at 8585 Criterion Drive. 719-265-4409

The Royal Gorge Fire

The Royal Gorge Fire is 100% contained as of 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

*** Highway 50 is open and all evacuations have been lifted as of 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 13. *** 

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office asks that you bring your ID with you when you are reentering your neighborhood. No homes were lost. 

The Royal Gorge fire was reported around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire is burning near the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, west of Cañon City.

The Royal Gorge Fire is estimated at 3,218 acres. It is 100% contained.

At least 48 structures have burned in this fire at the Royal Gorge Park. The bridge was slightly damaged.

150 seasonal park employees lost their jobs. The park's 41 full time employees will keep their jobs. They will find out where they report to in a few days and help with the rebuilding process. The seasonal employees who don't fall under regular unemployment assistance could get Disaster Unemployment Assistance. 

Cañon City residents are no longer being asked to conserve water.

Hundreds of prisoners who were evacuated from the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Cañon City at the height of the fire began returning to their cells on the evening of Tuesday, June 18.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Ways to help

Please donate food and cash to Care and Share.

Please donate money to the Red Cross.

You can also text DONATE to 41010 to make a $10 donation that will be charged to your phone bill.
The money will go to help victims of the Black Forest Fire, Royal Gorge Fire, and the Klikus Fire.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP.

Other fires

The Klikus fire near La Veta is burning near the Middle Creek area off Huerfano County Road 440. The fire has burned 42 acres. Initially, emergency notification calls went out to 200 residents. Two families were evacuated. No homes have been damaged.

The Klikus fire is 100% contained. 

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