ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Black Forest Fire Evacuations Map changed moments ago as mandatory evacuation orders for Colorado Springs Fire Map residents were lifted this evening. In the latest update by officials today June 14, 2013, city residents of Colorado Springs went onto voluntary evacuation status and told of re-entry spots being prepared.
First, officials are advising residents in Black Forest that they are still on mandatory evacuation. But second, Colorado Springs city residents west of the fire are no longer on mandatory but now voluntary evacuation status. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado Springs, CO. shared the news just before 6 pm EST today. The office tweeted that “City’s mandatory evacuations [are] lifted”. But they added that voluntary evacuations remain in place “North Gate & Old North Gate to Interquest, Hwy 83 to Voyager Pkwy.”
For further clarification, the office told news that “County downgrades mandatory evac to pre-evacuations west of Hwy-83.” Officials initially established three check points for reentry of previously evacuated residents tonight. All those checkpoints will require identification from residents.
But confusion erupted thereafter. Initially officials told news that there would be three spots tonight. The first reentry spot tonight was identified as Baptist Rd & Roller Coaster Rd. The second was Old North Gate & Roller Coaster. But moments ago, the Office reversed its previous statement to news. It tweeted “Please stand by on re-entry west of Hwy-83. No re-entry yet. More details to follow soon. (16:09, 6/14)”. No further reentry notice has been issued as of 7 pm EST tonight.
Fire officials have also releasing a new preliminary home assessment list this evening and will do the same tomorrow morning. But officials add “Due to ongoing, dynamic fire activity, the home assessment list changes as deputies investigate burned areas”. For continuing coverage of this and the other Colorado wildfires click HERE.
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