Kieran Nicholson and Jordan Steffen
The Denver Post

Black Forest fire claims 360 homes; part of Colorado Springs evacuated

BLACK FOREST — Portions of Colorado Springs are now under the mandatory evacuation orders for the Black Forest fire.

The city said the boundaries for the new evacuation are: Northern Boundary: North Gate and Old North Gate Road; Southern Boundary: Flying Horse Club Drive (to include homes south of Flying Horse Club Drive on Barossa Valley Road and Veneto Way)/Vine Cliff Heights/Equinox Drive/Serenity Peak Drive; Eastern Boundary: Highway 83; Western Boundary: Voyager Parkway.

This is the second time Thursday that the fire's boundaries were increased.

The fire has now destroyed at least 360 homes and consumed 15,000 acres, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said at a news conference early Thursday. The list of homes that has been evaluated has been posted online and is updated whenever possible.

Its footprint is approaching 70 square miles.

The evacuation area includes 94,000 acres and 13,000 homes as of Thursday morning. Some 38,000 people have been evacuated.

"Those numbers are pretty staggering," Maketa said.

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