Black Forest is a community located in Teller County Colorado. The population was just over 13,000 people in the 2010 census. June 11th 2013 at 1:00pm a small column of smoke climbed ominously into the sky. Nine days later on June 20th the Black Forest fire was declared 100% contained. In the nine days the fire burned 14,280 acres (22.31 square mile) were scorched, 509 homes were burned, and two people died, the evacuation area grew to 94,000 acres (147 square miles) affecting about 13,000 homes and over 38,000 people.
Our first up-close view of the Black Forest fire was about 5:30pm the day the fire started as we worked to help a family evacuate where the flames snapped at the air over a hundred feet up less than half a mile away.