Black Forest Fire

Jun 16, 2013 6:10 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Plan in the works for re-entry of burned neighborhoods

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says planning is underway to facilitate an orderly and safe process for citizens to return to properties in burn area neighborhoods as soon as it is safe. "There are still areas of active fire and hot spots throughout the burn area," Maketa said, but we're not close. Firefighters are walking each property putting out stumps and brush fires as they pop up. We are working long days and long hours to get people back in there but we can't just drop roadblocks and let people in that would be reckless and irresponsible."

There are falling trees, downed power lines, unsafe wooden bridges and ruptured gas mains throughout the area. Traffic is still being impacted by the movement of water tankers, bulldozers, cranes and road repair equipment. El Paso County Public Services is working to assess the safety of roads and bridges and make emergency repairs as needed in areas heavily impacted by the fire and Inspectors from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department are reviewing the safety of standing structures.

During Saturday's community meeting in Monument there was inaccurate information provided about a process for citizens to obtain a placard required to get back into the burn area. That information came from a planning meeting where possible scenarios for re-entry were discussed but no decisions were made and no process has been established at this time.

There will be firefighters, medical personnel, public health and security personnel in place to assist citizens when reentry can be done safely.



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