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Rising from the Ashes

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It was a foggy 7:30 a.m. Nov. 26, with flurries covering the area in the middle of Black Forest, Colorado. The mist and snow gave an impression of a pristine meadow. However, underneath it all belied the scars of a devastating fire that most residents want to forget. Yet the marks are a constant reminder of the event that changed their lives forever.

On June 11, 2013, a fire ignited at Highway 83 that quickly travelled to Black Forest. It grew to more than 14,000 acres, making it the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history, destroying more than 500 homes destroyed.

“It was horrible; it was devastating; it was a total loss,” this was all Ginny Vinson could say. The Black Forest resident could only shake her head as she recounted those bleak days that turned into weeks.

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