Black Forest Fire

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Black Forest Fire

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Approximate Location

39.016 latitude, -104.75 longitude

Incident Overview

All clear for repopulation.

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The Black Forest Fire started on Tuesday, June 11th. The cause is undertermined. The fire is located in Black Forest, Colorado. Rich Harvey's Great Basin Type 1 Incident Management Team took over management of the fire on Wednesday June 12th at 6 a.m.

This wind driven fire moved very quickly the first day. The current assessment has determined 502 structures have been destroyed and 18 were damaged. Several thousand residents were evacuated. As areas cool down and have been cleared of potential safety hazards, residents are being allowed to return to their homes. Safety assessments of structures are ongoing. Multiple resources have been released and re-assigned to other incidents. Full containment of the fire we reached on Thursday evening, June 20. Management of the fire was transferred to a local Type 4 organization on Friday morning, June 21.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday June 11th, 2013 approx. 02:30 PM
LocationWithin the City limits of Black Forest Colorado
Incident CommanderRich Harvey

Current Situation

Total Personnel210
Size14,280 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday June 20th, 2013 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber including Ponderosa Pine plus grass and oak shrubs.

Significant Events

100% containment was reported. Today the majority of resources that were set to demob were reassigned to multiple incidents throughout Colorado. A Red Flag Warning was issued today from 1100-2000. Today is the last shift for the Great Basin Team 2 on the incident. Transition will take place with a Type 4 organization at 0600 on 6/21/13.


Planned Actions

Transition from Great Basin Team 2 to local Type 4 organization will take place at 0600 on 6/21/13. Continued perimeter patrol and mop up operations will continue to be conducted. The local Type 4 organization will consist of: an ICT4, 25 personnel, 1 Type 4 engine and 1 Type 2 hand crews.

Projected Incident Activity



Evacuations are still in effect within the fire area. Residents with proper documentation are being allowed to enter the evacuation area for a specified amount of time each day. This is the final data for Inciweb unless significant events occur.

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El Paso County

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