Black Forest Fire


Mon June 17, 2013
NPR Story

Some Colorado Wildfire Evacuees Briefly Allowed Back Into Homes

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 3:45 pm

The Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., has pushed about 4,500 evacuees out of their homes. Police are escorting some of them back in to pick up critical medications or rescue pets.


Sun June 16, 2013

Black Forest Containment Rises As New Colorado Wildfires Ignite [Updated]

The Black Forest fire is now 55 percent contained as of June 15, but some evacuations still remain in place.
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Sat June 15, 2013

Black Forest Fire At 45 Percent Containment

A map of the Black Forest fire area from 6pm on June 14.
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Sat June 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Firefighters In Colorado Gaining The Upper Hand On Blazes

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 12:17 pm

A U.S. Army helicopter releases water onto the Black Forest fire outside Colorado Springs, Colo., earlier this week.
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Firefighters near Colorado Springs say that a surprise rainstorm and cooler weather have rallied their efforts to push back devastating wildfires that have destroyed at least 473 homes in recent days. Two people have been killed.

Authorities say that some evacuations of residents in the Black Forest, Colo., area have been lifted and that the largest of the fires is about one-third contained.

On Friday, several thousand people were allowed back into their homes, but an estimated 30,000 are still being told to stay away.

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Fri June 14, 2013
The Two-Way

2 Killed, 379 Homes Destroyed By Wildfire In Colorado Springs

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 5:37 pm

A fire that's been burning since Tuesday continues to consume acreage near Colorado Springs in Black Forest, Colorado.
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While firefighters are holding the line, the Black Forest fire northeast of Colorado Springs is being called the most destructive in Colorado history.

Update At 7:35 p.m. ET. Progress Reported

The fire is now 30 percent contained, officials say.

"We had a real good day without wind," says federal incident commander Rich Harvey. "I think the rain had a tremendous impact. So, some things finally turned in our favor."

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