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Old 06-13-2013, 09:57 AM  
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Black Forest fire claims 360 homes, most ever in Colorado wildfire Read more: Black

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingne...inds-lightning

I know a lot of you flat landers like to visit our great state on vacation, so just in case you hadn't heard, our wildfire season started a little early and nasty...

BLACK FOREST —The Black Forest fire burning north of Colorado Springs has now destroyed at least 360 homes and consumed 15,000 acres, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said at a news conference early Thursday. The list of homes that has been evaluated has been posted online and is updated whenever possible.

Maketa stressed that the evaluation of structures is ongoing. "Home assessments can change in 10 minutes," he said. "We are trying to keep it as accurate as possible."

The evacuation area includes 94,000 acres and 13,000 homes as of Thursday morning. Some 38,000 people have been evacuated.

The fire was first reported Monday about 1 p.m. No cause has been established and there is no containment.

No injuries to residents or firefighters have been reported, although Maketa noted that there were reports of people who refused to evacuate. One person is reported to be missing.

Maketa said that efforts to check the address of the missing person have been hampered by the fire behavior.

No wildfire in Colorado history has destroyed more homes. The Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs in 2012 destroyed 347 homes.

The evacuation zone for the Black Forest fire was expanded early Thursday morning because of "dynamic changing conditions," the sheriff's office said.

Overnight, sheriff's deputies went door-to-door in the expanded evacuation area.

The zone now also includes Highway 83 east to Eastonville Road, and Walker Road north to South County Line Road, linking an Elbert County evacuation area to the original El Paso County evacuation area.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:59 AM   #2
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And, sorry for the ugly thread title. Stupid Denver Post addition thing.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:00 AM   #4
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:01 AM   #5
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Jesus. I've got my head buried in the dust out here and I didn't even know.

Hopefully they get that one put the hell out. If you're around there Donger, stay safe. And by stay safe, I mean GTFO.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:01 AM   #6
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With the damn pine beetles killing everything out there, it was only a matter of time before this happened.

Honestly, it may be a good thing. It's been 5 years or so that they've been unable to make any ground on those damn things. Maybe just killing off all the unhealthy trees in the area is what needs to be done. It's my understanding that these beetles do not attack trees under a certain size, so the new ones can get started sooner and now on healthier footing.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:03 AM   #7
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Jesus. I've got my head buried in the dust out here and I didn't even know.

Hopefully they get that one put the hell out. If you're around there Donger, stay safe. And by stay safe, I mean GTFO.
Thanks, but none of them are near me. They are really fighting this fire heavily by air. Pretty constant stream of Blackhawks and C-130s flying overhead. I could have sworn that I saw a ****ing DC-8 or 10 dropping retardant yesterday.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:05 AM   #8
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With the damn pine beetles killing everything out there, it was only a matter of time before this happened.

Honestly, it may be a good thing. It's been 5 years or so that they've been unable to make any ground on those damn things. Maybe just killing off all the unhealthy trees in the area is what needs to be done. It's my understanding that these beetles do not attack trees under a certain size, so the new ones can get started sooner and now on healthier footing.
The pine beetle thing is actually slowing down significantly, albeit mostly due to the fact that they are running out of food. Spruce beetles are the new worry.

But, yes, there's plenty of dead pines just waiting to go up in flames here.
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Thanks, but none of them are near me. They are really fighting this fire heavily by air. Pretty constant stream of Blackhawks and C-130s flying overhead. I could have sworn that I saw a ****ing DC-8 or 10 dropping retardant yesterday.
No that was just Hootie and Billay stuck together like a couple of dogs
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The pine beetle thing is actually slowing down significantly, albeit mostly due to the fact that they are running out of food. Spruce beetles are the new worry.

But, yes, there's plenty of dead pines just waiting to go up in flames here.
There are spruce beetles now? You guys aren't going to have any forests left in 10 years, are you?

Fortunately those conifers are fast growers. It sucks losing those old growth forests, but I really do think a heavy fire blasting all those trees out of there and opening the canopy for new growth is what's needed.

I hate going out there now and seeing nothing but dead trees on the mountains.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:10 AM   #11
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There are spruce beetles now? You guys aren't going to have any forests left in 10 years, are you?

Fortunately those conifers are fast growers. It sucks losing those old growth forests, but I really do think a heavy fire blasting all those trees out of there and opening the canopy for new growth is what's needed.

I hate going out there now and seeing nothing but dead trees on the mountains.
Yep.

The aspens are certainly enjoying it. But, compared to eight years ago, when the green was virtually replaced by orange, it does look better. We've got plenty of trees.
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We lived in Black Forest for a while when we first moved to CO. That said, after CO's recent legislation, **** them let the whole state burn.
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