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Services available as Black Forest Fire victims begin picking up the pieces.

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - As the cleanup continues in the wake of the Black Forest Fire, El Paso County officials want you to know there is help available.

The Disaster Assistance Center is a one-stop shop of resources and information for fire victims. It is located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs.

The Disaster Assistance Center will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be closed Sunday, then re-open Monday through Friday of next week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

A dumpster for spoiled food will be available for people affected by the Black Forest Fire on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The dumpster will be in the parking lot of the trailhead for Section 16, along Burgess Road between Vollmer and Herring.

The dumpster is for spoiled food only. Heavy-duty trash bags will be available as well.

The Colorado Horsecare Food Bank is providing hay and feed as well as limited tack support for Black Forest horse owners whose homes or property were damaged or destroyed by the fire.

Anyone needing hay, feed, or tack for any hay-eating animal, as well as anyone willing to donate cattle or horse hay and feed, is asked to call the food bank's hotline at 719-306-5595.

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