UPDATED Thursday June 13, 6:00 p.m MT with new maps at the top.
The fast-moving Black Forest Fire is burning homes northeast of Colorado Springs, Colorado. High temperatures, high winds, and low humidity are fanning the flames. Two people are known to have died in the fire, and more than 360 homes have been lost. If you are near the fire, please seek out current and official information rather than relying on this weblog. Lots of photos and news are showing up on the #blackforestfire Twitter tag. Residents can call 719-444-8300 for information on the fire, but no exact information is available on individual homes yet. Official info from El Paso County will be more current than this page.
News coverage: Denver Post, “Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs prompts mandatory evacuations“. Live blog: Colorado Springs Gazette, “LIVE UPDATES“
Fire perimeter map, originally from Weather Underground’s Wundermap. As of Thursday, 19:34 MT.
Fire evacuation map as of 5:37 p.m. MT, June 13, 2013. This map is from the Colorado Springs Gazette, retrieve the latest version if you are in the fire area. Please note the expansion of the fire to the northeast as well as to the southwest.
Fire map as of 9:00 p.m. MT, June 11, 2013. If you are in the affected area, you’ll want to get an updated map. (Map via The Gazette)
KUSA has a Google Map with additional information including evacuation locations.
Wildfire Today has Maps of Colorado Wildfires with details of three fires: Big Meadow in Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Forest near Colorado Springs, and Royal Gorge at Canon City southwest of Colorado Springs. They also have photos of the fires and other details.
Live coverage: El Paso County Fire and EMS (1200+ listeneres at 9:00 p.m. MT Tues June 11, 2013). Alert message: El Paso County: “Black Forest” fire has burned several hundred acres and destroyed an unknown number of homes/structures. Local, county, state and Federal resources operating. Large and small helo’s and heavy air tankers also operating. (116 minutes ago)
The radar from Weather Underground shows a clear smoke plume.
— Lee Strobel (@LeeStrobel) June 12, 2013