Black Forest Wildfire - June 2013
A Devastating wildfire in Black Forest made international news because of its intensity and the number of homes destroyed (498). We came very close to loosing ours - subsiding winds and heroic work by fire fighters made the difference.
Several of our friends lost everything. We were under mandatory evacuation for three days, staying at our special friend Della's townhouse in Colorado Springs. During the evacuation period, we did not know if our house had burned or not.
When we made it home, we
found our house and property was untouched by the fire. However, it was a
close call - just across the road (Vollmer) that borders our property,
there was extensive fire damage. The area across the road is a 40 acre
forest reserve owned by the Audubon Society and not maintained. As a
result there are a lot of pine needles and dead branches on the ground.
The fire fed on this debris and traveled along the ground, burning the
pine needles and branches, as well as small trees and low-hanging branches
of large trees.
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Some photos of the devastation.