SOUTHERN COLORADO -

Two people are dead and 511 homes have burned as the Black Forest Fire becomes the most destructive in Colorado history. The victims have been identified as 52-year-old Marc Allen Herklotz and his wife, 50-year-old Robin Lauran Herklotz. Most of the remaining mandatory evacuations were lifted Thursday as officials announced 100% containment was reached on the 14,280 acre fire.

BLACK FOREST FIRE: VITAL LINKS

Map of evacuation boundaries & destroyed homes from The Denver Post.

Condition of homes listed by address -- prepared by the Sheriff's office.

To donate or register as a volunteer visit helpcoloradonow.org

Counseling Services for those Affected by the Black Forest Fire

El Paso County / Disaster Assistance Center.

Up to the minute road closure information.

Ready, set, go!: What you need to know about evacuating.

The Black Forest Fire

*** Black Forest Fire information line: Call 719-444-8300 ***
*** Black Forest Fire investigation tip line: 719-444-8393 ***
*** You can also e-mail tips to blackforestfiretipline@elpasoco.com ***
*** To volunteer to help fire victims e-mail bffvolunteer@elpasoco.com ***
***The Disaster Assistance Center is open with services for fire Victims: 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd.  8 a.m. -  6 p.m.***

The Black Forest Fire burning in northern El Paso County is now 100% contained. Sheriff Terry Maketa says two people died in the fire. 52-year-old Marc Allen Herklotz and his wife, 50-year-old Robin Lauran Herklotz were found in the garage of their home on Jicarilla Drive.

The 14,280 acre fire destroyed 511 homes. By comparison, the Waldo Canyon Fire burned 346 homes.

A 24-hour, self-serve water station has been set up for returning evacuees. It is located at Black Forest and Burgess Roads. This water is safe to drink. Plastic water containers are available at the distribution center.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Thursday (6/20) that the fire's point of origin has been narrowed down to a 28-square-foot area.  Sheriff Maketa said natural causes have been "all but ruled out."

The type 1 fire management team that has been overseeing the firefight is preparing to leave. A type III team will take over on Friday morning.

UPDATED EVACUATION:

Updated at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24.

All remaining pre-evacuation orders for the Black Forest Fire have now been lifted.

Updated at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.

As of 5 p.m.today, Sheriff Terry Maketa has reopened the final restricted area of Black Forest to residents who have received Black Forest Fire Re-Entry Information Packets and Red Placards. Access will be allowed to residents at any and all road closure points.  Residents will be allowed to enter and exit the restricted areas as necessary and without any restrictions on hours.

The open area does include the following roads and/or addresses:

  • Darr Cir.
  • Peregrine Way
  • Falcon Dr.
  • 12715 Milam Road
  • 4150 and 4350 Shoup Road


Updated at 10:22 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.

At 10 a.m. today the Sheriff’s Office allowed most Black Forest residents who have received Black Forest Fire Re-Entry Information Packets and Red Placards open access to the burn areas. Access will be allowed to residents at any and all road closure points. Residents will be allowed to enter and exit the restricted areas as necessary and without any restrictions on hours.

The following roads and/or addresses are still closed to residents due to crime scene investigation:

  • Darr Cir.
  • Peregrine Way
  • Falcon Dr.
  • 12715 Milam Road
  • 4150 and 4350 Shoup Road


Residents who were unable to visit their property during the two scheduled events on 06/18/13 or 06/19/13 or have not received their Black Forest Re-Entry Information Packet or Red Placard can do so by responding to the check point at Black Forest Road and Shoup Road.  The Sheriff’s Office will staff this site with a deputy for the purpose of issuing information packets and vehicle placards.  After providing proof of residency in the restricted area via a driver’s license and/or vehicle registration, residents will receive information packets and/or vehicle placards.

Updated at 5:08 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19.

Homes with HWY 83 addresses and DIRECT access from HWY 83 have now been downgraded to pre-evacuation status.

Updated at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19.