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The Board of Directors of the Black Forest Fire/Rescue District has moved quickly to engage the services of a law enforcement professional to conduct an internal investigation into events surrounding the disastrous Black Forest fire that erupted on June 11 of this year.
Board members have commissioned retired Greenwood Village Police commander Dave Fisher to direct the inquiry. Fisher retired in October after a 29-year career at the suburban Denver department, rising from patrol officer to detective commander and earlier, patrol commander. Fisher will be assisted by Dave Daley, an operations executive officer at South Metro Fire Rescue in Centennial.The Board's action follows a controversy between Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey and El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa over management of the fire response during the early stages of the fire. "We support our chief and his decision making. We believe this inquiry is an affirmative step toward determining what transpired that fateful day once and for all," said board chairman Edward Bracken.
Moreover, in an effort to clarify response times, the Board has verified a sequence of events that indicates the fire was first located at 1:45pm that afternoon. Black Forest and Wescott Fire Districts were on scene at 1:47pm, with Colorado Springs units arriving at 1:51pm. The fire was out of control at 2:18pm erupting into a fire storm with a 200 foot flame front. The state took control of operations at 3:10pm. Scott Campbell, El Paso County's Deputy Fire Marshal, was appointed the Type 3 Incident Commander at that time. In this capacity he was working for the State, and not for El Paso County. It is this sequence of events that is in dispute, among other issues.
The Board has agreed to refrain from all public comment until Fisher's inquiry is resolved, and expect this investigation to be completed after the New Year.
In an effort to streamline the rebuilding process, Black Forest Fire/Rescue has set regular times to meet with homeowners, contractors and designers to answer questions and review building plans. Meetings are set for each Monday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Black Forest Station One: 11445 Teachout Road (at Burgess). Plans must include the cubic volume of the home; your architect can provide this information.
The following downloadable documents will answer many of your questions. If you have questions that are not answered by this information, please come to Fire Station One on Mondays or Thursdays between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon.
NOTE: In these documents, please disregard any reference to the Rural Water Fund. That program has been discontinued. The Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District will refund all prior payments made to the Rural Water Fund.
Large areas of Black Forest did not burn. And while many of the standing brown trees may recover in time, right now they're more vulnerable to fire than ever before.
So if your home survived the fire, or if you live outside the fire perimeter, it's never been more important to create survivable space around your home, and reduce the number of trees on your land.
To help your home survive the next wildfire, and improve your forest's health, click here to explore our large collection of wildfire preparedness information.
It takes a community to save our Forest! Learn to be part of the solution.
Black Forest Together - our local long-term recovery group - has set up a Resource Center at Black Forest Fire Station One, 11445 Teachout Road. Stop in to meet with aid agencies, ask questions, or just talk with your neighbors. If you can't stop in, send your questions or ideas to the Resource Center at BlackForestTogether@gmail.com, see their web site at www.BlackForestTogether.org, or call 495-2445.
Sign up to stay informed: Black Forest Together is building a mailing list to keep fire survivors up to date on available resources, community meetings, best practices, new ideas, and mentorship opportunities with Mountain Shadows families who have walked this road before us. To sign up, call the Resource Center at 495-2445, or send email to BlackForestTogether@gmail.com
The Black Forest community, and Black Forest Fire/Rescue, have always appreciated the support of our citizens and neighboring fire departments. But your support was vital during the hard fight of the Black Forest Fire. It will be essential in the long recovery that is to come.
To offer donations or help, contact Black Forest Together: Call 495-2445, email BlackForestTogether@gmail.com, or stop in at the Resource Center (hours listed above)
To donate to our fire department, send a check made out to Black Forest Fire/Rescue, to this address. Or follow the link below to our page on InCause.com:
Black Forest Fire/Rescue
11445 Teachout Road
Black Forest, CO 80908
If you have questions, please send a note to our office administrator.
Many Black Forest homes have no house numbers, or numbers that are hard to see - especially in rain, snow or smoke. If you need to improve your numbers, you can now get these simple high-visibility house number signs at Station One.
The numbers are 4 inches tall, reflective and are installed on both sides of the post. They are designed to take an impact of over 60 MPH and bounce back. The cost is $25.00, installed. If you lost your home in the Black Forest Fire, your sign is FREE and we will install it for you. Order yours by calling Station One at 495-4300, or stop in to sign up. Payment can be made at the station or arrangements made to collect on installment at the home (exact amount please).
These number signs are not required, but can help our members find you quickly when minutes matter.
Our members know that seat belts really do save lives. And unfortunately, they've seen lives lost that could have been saved by simply buckling up.
This beautiful and touching video says it all. Please buckle up - for those who love you.
Preparedness begins at home, and it's easier than you think to get started. For a wide range of helpful information, useful tips, and easy-to-follow guides, go to www.ReadyColorado.org