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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 Saturday to inform homeowners living in or near a forest on how to best protect and mitigate their home.

“I think it’s like any crisis, you don’t think it’s ever going to happen to you,” said Bill Mantia, vice president of the board of Black Forest Together.

Mantia’s home was one of more than 400 homes destroyed in the black forest fire.

He says that are still several people working on rebuilding their home two years after the fire.

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