Manitou Incline closure, and Black Forest Park fire recovery

Black Forest Regional Park is still recovering from the Black Forest Fire that left it heavily damaged. The El Paso County Parks Department recently completed an assessment to determine the best trail plan for the park. The department, in conjunction with other county agencies, the Black Forest Trails Association, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates and the […]

Annual Tree Giveaway to Aid Black Forest Fire Recovery

About 8,500 fledgling trees will get new homes on Saturday as part of an effort to reforest the thousands of acres charred by the 2013 Black Forest fire. Black Forest Together, a nonprofit organization devoted to recovery efforts following the blaze, will hold its annual event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire […]

Volunteer Power Has Been Crucial to Rebuilding Black Forest

As Sherri Little surveyed a group of volunteers toiling in her Black Forest backyard on Tuesday, a Bible verse came to her mind and brought tears to her eyes. “Pity the man who falls without someone to pick him up,” she said. Little’s eyes fill with tears easily when she thinks of her life since […]

2 Years After Fire, Black Forest Faces New Challenges

BLACK FOREST, Colo. – Two years after the most destructive fire in Colorado history, homeowners in Black Forest face new challenges. Bill Mantia remembers exactly where he was the day of the fire. “I was in the back of the house,” he said. “I could smell smoke, and I could see the smoke and the […]

Colorado Forest Service Gives 5,000 Trees to Black Forest Homeowners

The Colorado State Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation have donated 10,000 trees to residents of Black Forest in El Paso County and the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County. Five thousand trees will go to each community. In Black Forest, the trees will be given to homeowners who applied for them through Black […]

Southern Colorado Communities Prepare for Wildfire Season

BLACK FOREST, Colo. — Sparse branches are what’s left of the Black Forest Fire of 2013. “We can have this event over, and over, and over again. We’re not done with it,” said Margo Humes, Fire Marshall for the Falcon Fire Department. To prepare for the upcoming wildfire season, a firewise community meeting was held […]

Black Forest Community Continues Restoration Efforts

BLACK FOREST, Colo. – Restoration projects continue in Black Forest, nearly two years after the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history devastated the area. The group “Black Forest Together” held a forest recovery symposium on Saturday. Community members learned how to restore burned areas and reduce wildfire risk in the neighborhood. “We are really never […]

Black Forest Residents Encouraged to Work Together to Mitigate Fire Danger

With record high temperatures, gusty winds and grass fires returning to the region in recent weeks, it was fitting that about 100 people turned out to Black Forest Saturday to talk about fire mitigation. “Another fire is on it’s way, it’s inevitable,” Cody Poole, a Black Forest firefighter, told the crowd. “We all have a […]