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Black Forest Fire map of homes destroyed


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CU News Corps students have produced a map of properties destroyed by the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs as of  1 p.m. June 19, based on information from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the El Paso County Assessor and Zillow.

Be aware that the sheriff’s office is not guaranteeing the accuracy of their information – we are unable to find 23 properties on Zillow or in the assessor database. There are some geocoding issues because the most recent list included addresses with 0 for the street number.

We’ll provide summary statistics when the list is more stable.

If you’d like a copy of the spreadsheet, a KML file or the map embed code, contact fish(at)colorado(dot)edu.

Click here for a larger version of the map.

Here’s a dorky video about how we put our spreadsheet together.

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  1. Ginny Foley on June 13th, 2013 6:10 pm

    HI my sister lives at 14085 Black Forest Road…any news about it? It is not on any list that I can find. They are fine but wondering about their home.
    Thanks,
    Ginny Foley Klopfer

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    admin Reply:

    based on the latest info from the El Paso Sheriff (from this morning) there isn’t any info. I’d tell them to keep checking this link, which is the official PDF of homes destroyed. Hope their home is OK!

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    Kim Bates Reply:

    We used to rent that very house in 1997 so I was curious and looked it up only to find it on the destroyed list this morning. So very to say

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    Kim Bates Reply:

    I meant sad to say…

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    admin Reply:

    It’s been quite humbling to look up all the information about these homes and think about the years people have spent there and all they have lost. Combined with last year’s fire, this is a tremendous tragedy for Colorado Springs and the state.

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  2. T on June 14th, 2013 6:50 pm

    Thank you for this map. I lived in the forest growing up and could not find my old address on any list. This map does show my old house and that it has been damaged, maybe the address has changed over the years. My heart goes out to those who have lost their homes.

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  3. Fran Cooper on June 15th, 2013 10:25 am

    Thank you for this map. Our daughter’s home at 14490 E. Coachman was on the list, and then it dropped off. Do you know anything about that?
    Thank you!

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    admin Reply:

    We are building this map based on the PDFs the El Paso Sheriff puts out periodically – and, in fact, with each one, many homes are added, but some are dropped. Sometimes they are fine, other times they’re added back in later. It’s probably a great deal of work by a many people to put this list together and it has to be difficult for them to get everything exactly correct. So it’s work just periodically checking their lists to see what’s new on them. The most recent list is from midnight; our map will be updated on that in just a minute or two. So they’re probably about to release a new map, so we can go back through it!

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  5. TurboTarg on June 16th, 2013 12:05 pm

    This has me wondering if the old Wolford place is stil standing. We used to visit it was kids when she was still alive. I can’t remember the address.

    I lived up there for 16 years before moving so several neighbors lost their homes.

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    admin Reply:

    we can’t actually find the street “Wolford” in the assessor’s database, tho there is one property listed as destroyed on that street.

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