According to news reports the 14,280 acre Black Forest Fire is 95% contained and 2,609 people remain evacuated. At this time 509 homes have been destroyed, 28 damaged with the remaining 3,653 being unaffected. Fire investigators believe the fire was human-caused. Estimated total cost of suppression activities on this fire amount to $8.5 million.
To gain some interesting insights on the mitigation strategies that were employed prior to the fire please visit this Colorado Public Radio interview with Keith Worley, President of Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners. A non-profit organization that works with communities to prepare and carry out mitigation plans, including cutting trees and creating defensible space around homes.