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The Black Rose Acoustic Society is hosting a benefit for Black Forest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Wonderland Ranch, 8798 Hodgen Road. Eleven bands will perform on two stages, and there will be food, beverages and outdoor activities as well. “One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Tri-Lakes… Continue Reading Black Rose Society holds benefit for fire victims

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IKEA Centennial donated nearly $60,000 of products in comfort kits for families forced out of their homes during the Black Forest fire in June. In all, 800 kits were created, 500 for adults and 300 for children. “There really wasn’t a question of if we’d do something to help our neighbors, it was a question… Continue Reading Colorado’s IKEA donates to Black Forest fire families

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Black Forest businesses deal with losses

A month after the Black Forest fire blackened thousands of acres of forest lands, sending businesses and homes alike up in flames, charred trees and ash-covered ground somberly fill the landscape, and the sound of backhoes and chainsaws fills the air. For some, it’s business as usual, or maybe even a little busier than usual.… Continue Reading Black Forest businesses deal with losses

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The Black Forest fire has cost $292.8 million in insurance claims so far, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. There have been about 3,630 homeowners and auto insurance claims filed so far in the aftermath of the fire, which killed two people and burned 486 homes. Initially, it makes the Black Forest fire… Continue Reading Insurers estimate $292 million in losses in Black Forest fire

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Businesses provide help for fire effort

Dozens of Colorado Springs-area businesses stepped up to help the efforts to extinguish the Black Forest fire — not by fighting the fire, but by feeding, clothing and sheltering the victims and the firefighters. “Somebody has to do it,” said Sally Layton, whose husband, Bill, has teamed with Greg Howard and Jason Hann, along with… Continue Reading Businesses provide help for fire effort

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s 1969 description of the five stages of grieving still resonates. Once again, we’ve seen our friends and neighbors stricken by sudden tragedy, and forced to negotiate all five stages in a few days. Imagine yourself in their place — could this be you? Denial. It can’t be happening again! Last year’s fire was… Continue Reading No easy solutions for using planes to fight fires

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Just like yesterday, I still remember my first drive into the Black Forest. It was in the fall of 1977, on a beautiful weekday afternoon. I was feeling a little homesick, though I never would’ve admitted it at 25, having moved here from my native state of Arkansas a few months earlier. So I decided… Continue Reading Black Forest: Trip into the past, and future

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Last January, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed an 18-member task force on wildfire insurance and forest health, as well as a 17-member wildland and prescribed fire advisory committee. Noting that 25 percent of Colorado’s population lives in the wildland-urban interface, Hickenlooper said that the two groups would prepare recommendations that would “reduce the risk of loss… Continue Reading Area has just one rep on state fire-response panels

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Springs faces stormy summer

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We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We couldn’t last year after the most damaging fire in Colorado history, and we can’t now after the same fate struck El Paso County again. We have no option to wallow in anguish, wondering what will happen next. Instead, 509 families in our midst have to move on, just… Continue Reading Springs faces stormy summer

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For the second time in its history, the Pikes Peak Range Riders have canceled their annual ride into the mountains surrounding Colorado Springs. The Black Forest fire – and the extent of its damage – are the reasons behind the cancellation, just as the 2002 ride was cancelled because of the Hayman fire. “We believe… Continue Reading Range Riders cancel ride, but street breakfast will continue

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