Wildfire neighborhood meeting

There had been reports at the time of flames reaching 200-300 feet high at the worst of the Black Forest fire, and this shot looking south on Herring Road confirms that.

There had been reports at the time of flames reaching 200-300 feet high at the worst of the Black Forest fire, and this shot looking south on Herring Road confirms that.

To increase wildfire awareness and emergency preparedness, the city of Colorado Springs will hold a meeting.

The neighborhood gathering will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Cheyenne Mountain High School Auditorium, 1200 Cresta Road.

Members of the Colorado Springs Fire Department, police department and the Office of Emergency Management will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuation planning and wildfire mitigation.

A representative of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association will also be there.

For the past two summers Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region have experienced two of the most destructive wildfires in Colorado history.

In June 2012, the Waldo Canyon Fire devastated the northwest part of the community, taking two lives and destroying 347 homes. In June 2013, the Black Forest Fire became the state’s most destructive fire, destroying more than 500 homes and claiming two lives.

For information, call 385-5248.