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Black Forest Fire 100 Percent Contained; How You Can Help

Update: 6/21/2:10 p.m.

The Black Forest fire has been declared 100 percent contained. There were 511 homes lost, 14,280 acres burned, and two deaths. The area has now moved into recovery and rebuilding.

How to help:

  • For a list of places to donate and volunteer to assistance for evacuees and firefighters of the Black Forest fire, visit http://www.helpcoloradonow.org/
  • Despite an outpouring of donations, including more than 418,500 pounds of food, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado still needs food. To make a monetary donation, go to http://careandshare.org/and specify "wildfire response" in the "Please apply my donation to" box, or text "donate" to 41010 to make a $10 donation, which will be added to your phone bill.
  • The Salvation Army of Colorado Springs and El Paso County: http://www.imsalvationarmy.org/
  • The Pikes Peak American Red Cross is requesting financial donations at:
    http://www.redcross.org/ (click "donate); or text "redcross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation, which will be added to your phone bill.
  • The Pikes Peak Community Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund benefits nonprofits providing local disaster relief; visit http://www.ppcf.org/products/emergency-relief The fund is modeled off last year's Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund but will have more flexibility.
  • The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region's emergency support fund helps families and their animals during natural disasters; https://www.hsppr.org/disasterdonation
  • Mercy's Gate helps provide fire victims with emergency financial assistance, gas vouchers, food, gift cards and more; http://www.mercysgatecs.org/

For a recap of all the news stories on the CC website regarding the Black Forest fire, see the long version.

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