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Jun 15, 2013 7:10 PM by Sam Salzwedel, Eric Ross

Black Forest evacuees attend weekend news conference with community leaders

COLORADO SPRINGS - Black Forest wildfire evacuees are attending news conferences this weekend to hear daily updates in person.

Gary Clark's home is on the edge of the fire line. It is not clear on the map, but neighbors told him his house is still standing.

"It's unbelievable," he said. "It takes your heart out when you see that."

Mike Conway's home is not listed in the online database and is close to the fire.

"We know the fire went into the area," he said. "we can see it on the map. We don't know exactly what it did."

Evacuees are anxious to return, but firefighters say it is not safe yet.

"They really do know better," Clark said. "I wish I knew what they knew, but unfortunately, they're much better at it then I am."

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said neighborhoods will be safer when people return. In the meantime, sheriff's deputies will continue their routine patrols throughout the affected neighborhoods.

"The more people that are in there that belong in there, the safer it's going to be," Conway said. "You don't have to be police officers. You can be residents. We watch out for each other."



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