from The Denver Post | by Ryan Parker and Jordan Steffen| June 11, 2013
Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs Prompts Mandatory Evacuations
BLACK FOREST —El Paso County Sheriff’s Office fire crews are at the scene of a fire on Shoup Road and Highway 83 that was first reported about 2 p.m. The fire is a near the 12600 block of Peregrine Way near Black Forest Regional Park.
Video from Colorado news stations shows multiple houses burning in the blaze — some homes have already been reduced to bare foundations.
El Paso County Terry Maketa said at a 7 p.m. briefing that no cause for the fire had been determined. He could confirm only that eight structures have been destroyed and did not have an estimate on acreage.
Officials have expanded the evacuation area since the fire was first reported Tuesday afternoon.
Reverse emergency notifications ordering residents to evacuate were sent to all homes in the Cathedral Pines neighborhood around 3:30 p.m. Officials also ordered evacuations for homes south of Shoup Road, north of Fox Chase, east of Holmes Road and west of Tahosa Lane.
At 5:43 p.m. the evacuation boundaries were expanded to include areas south of Hodgen, north of Shoup Road, west of Vollmer and east of Peregrine way. The evacuation area does not include Forest Heights Ranch.
At 6:30 p.m., officials expanded the evacuation area for a second time to include the areas north of Burgess Road, south of Hodgen, west of Meridian and east of Peregrine Way.
Some 2,530 homes were under the mandatory evacuation order; about 300 homes were under the voluntary evacuation.
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