EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — Firefighters hope to get a handle on a 8,000-acre wildfire Wednesday that has burned perhaps as many as 100 homes in the area of Black Forest, north of Colorado Springs.
Around 150 firefighters are battling the fire, which started Tuesday afternoon and is 0 percent contained.
Sheriff Terry Maketa with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the evacuation area includes 48 square miles, and impacts about 7,358 people who live in 2,225 homes in the area.
SEE ALSO: Colorado fire coverage from KDVR.com
During a media briefing Wednesday morning, Maketa said the fire “is far from under control or extinguished,” and he painted a grim picture of what he saw when touring the southwest portion of the fire lines near Shoup Road and Hwy 83 early Wednesday morning.
“Everywhere you looked you saw scattered fires, almost like there was a huge convention
Smoke from the Black Forest Fire (Photo: Deputy Don/Twitter)
of campfires everywhere.” Maketa said. “Periodically, you’d see trees pop into a fireball.”
However, Maketa did have some good news, as well, saying additional resources will be headed to the area to help firefighters — including heavy air tankers, which were expected to start flying around 11 a.m.
Also, overnight firefighters managed to contain fire lines to the east and southeast. They built what Maketa called a “nice wall” along Meridian Rd., that was expected to help create a defensive position ahead of shifting winds that were in Wednesday’s forecast.
Maketa said bulldozers would work Wednesday to build fire lines and help increase those levels of containment.
The weather Wednesday was expected to be hot again, with a high of 84 and humidity in the low teens.