Jun 13, 2013 10:06 PM by Alyse Rzemek
The Black Forest fire is raging on destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people. The new developments now spawn a criminal investigation, according to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. He sadly reported two lives have been lost in what he called Colorado's most destructive fire in our state's history, during the latest briefing of the wildfire.
Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach gave his condolences during Thursday evenings briefing, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the community." They say the remains of the two people who died, indicated the people may have been in the process of evacuating their home.
The wildfire is at a 5 percent containment, according to Rich Harvey with the U.S. Forest Service. The fire has burned 15,700 acres, leaving 38,000 people and homes impacted. "Firefighters are playing leap frog with the fire," he said. Crews plan to work through out the night hitting hot spots, working on containment and mop-ups.
During the briefing, Sheriff Maketa was not able to give an update on any more homes damaged, saved or lost.
Fire crews were able to save the Pinery, Black Forest Community Center and the School in the Woods. Boulder and Security fire fighters worked diligently together to save the District 20 school. County Commissioner Darryl Glenn expressed his gratitude for the efforts of firefighters. He said the crews stood their ground, with their backs to the school building, determined to save the school.
According to Sheriff Maketa, while investigators are narrowing in on the origin of the wildfire, there is no cause yet on what started the Black Forest fire. If you have any information on the fire, call 719-390-5555.