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Cleanup not over for Black Forest Fire victims

Cleanup not over for Black Forest Fire victims

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - The fire is out.  The ash has settled.  But for many in Black Forest, the daunting task of cleanup is still underway.

Many who lost homes are elderly.  Some are under-insured and in need of help sorting through what's left of their home.

Neighbors and friends have stepped in to help those in need.  Dave and Mari Jones told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that many of the elderly are too proud to ask for help.

"When you have something this overwhelming and a property like this in Black Forest, where do you begin?" Mari said.

Even those who are dealing with damage to their own home have stepped in to help.  Yoli Smith and her 10-year-old daughter, Shayli, live in Black Forest.  Their home was damaged, but spared.  Both have been helping their neighbors, once strangers, clean up their properties.

"I think helping is better than just sitting on the sideline, wondering what to do," Smith said.  "Even if it's just to hold someone's hand and say a prayer for them and help them find those items that they need."

The Joneses expressed frustration at the lack of helping hands.

"A lot of people like to donate, but when you ask them to actually come out and do the hard work, the answer is usually an excuse," Mari said.

The Jones family is trying to organize more help efforts for those who still need help sifting through debris.  If you'd like to help, contact Dave Jones at 808-954-9673.

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