Black Forest Wildfire is Colo.’s Biggest Ever

June 14, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Royal Gorge Bridge before this week’s fire.

The Associated Press reported on the status of three fires burning in Colorado.

In Canon City, the 5-square-mile Royal Gorge Fire was 20% contained. Royal Gorge Bridge & Park officials said that of its 52 buildings, 48 are now gone. The park’s suspension bridge 955 feet above the Arkansas River is still up, though the fire damaged some wooden planks. An aerial tram was destroyed.
Firefighters in Colorado Springs have at least temporarily battled to a “draw” with the fast-moving Black Forest Fire that already has killed two people and destroyed 379 homes, giving weary authorities and residents the first glimmer of hope after three days of mounting damage, a sheriff said. The fire was at about 25 square miles today (June 14) after crews were able to keep it from spreading much despite swirling winds and bone-dry conditions, said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. Little more than 36 hours after it started in the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs, the blaze surpassed last June’s Waldo Canyon fire as the most destructive in state history. That blaze burned 347 homes and killed two people.
A lightning-sparked fire in Rocky Mountain National Park was burning on about 300 acres, less than originally estimated.


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