Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region wants to remind pet owners with missing animals and residents who have found animals in the Black Forest area to visit their website at the link below to fill out reports. Those without Internet access are encouraged to call 719.302.8794, a number dedicated to lost and found pets.
The AspenPointe call center (572-6100) is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Callers who need assistance between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. can call their crisis hotline: 635-7000. Those in need of behavioral healthcare can learn more about AspenPointe’s services by clicking on the link below or downloading a free app at the Apple and Google app marketplaces.
Evacuees returning to areas previously under mandatory evacuation orders are returning to homes that have been without power for extended periods of time.
El Paso County is making dumpsters available Monday morning to help residents get rid of perishable food items. These dumpsters will be available at the following locations beginning at 10 a.m.:
• The North Black Forest Fire Station on the turnout at Ridge Run Road and at the Southeast corner of Burgess
• El Paso County Slash and Mulch Site on Herring Road
Heavy duty plastic trash bags will be available at these sites as well.
Regular trash removal resumes Tuesday, June 18.
For questions, call the Disaster Assistance Center at 444-8301 and ask for Public Health.
Many of you are looking for ways to help the victims of the Black Forest Fire.
The El Paso County commissioners have set up an email to take those offers of assistance. That address is : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put in the subject line the way that you can help.
T-shirts created and sold by Wild Fire Tees last year played a significant role in bringing in funds to help with Waldo Canyon Fire relief. The Colorado-based company is now doing the same for the Black Forest Fire.
A new design has been created and is now available online. Funds for the t-shirts go towards help for fire victims.
Follow this link to view the shirts.
What: Our most needed food items continue to be canned and boxed meals and snack items. Check website for a complete list. When: Monday, June 17th through Friday, June 21st from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80915
Wildfires are a fact of life for people living in the Pikes Peak region, but there are ways to be proactive about protecting your home. The city of Colorado Springs offers an one-stop site for wildfire mitigation tips, evacuation planning and how to determine your neighborhood's fire risk. Check it out on this link.
The Red Cross "Safe and Well" website is a way for people affected by a disaster to enter information regarding their welfare so family and friends can check their status. To register, click on the link below.
The Aspen Pointe Waldo Support Team was there for victims of the fire last year and continue to be on hand for those needing emotional support during the current fires. If you are needing to talk to someone about what you are going through, call Aspen Pointe at 719-572-6100 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All phone calls are free. You can also visit their website by clicking here:
A Care and Share food drive starts Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. They're collecting food and money and say they do not need water or Gatorade at this time. They're at 2605 Preamble Point near Constitution and Powers in Colorado Springs. You can donate $10 by texting "donate" to 41010.
The Flying W Ranch, which burned in the Waldo Canyon fire, is offering to take horses from people being forced to evacuate from the Black Forest area.
They say they have stables available for evacuated horses.
Call (719) 499-2324 to make arrangements.
Annually, the XiPi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., works with the Uplift Foundation to raise money for area high school students to further their education beyond High School. Click here for more information:
Kidpower of Colorado is the local center of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, a nonprofit global leader in personal safety and violence prevention education since 1989. The Colorado Center was established in 1994 to provide comprehensive safety education skills to children ages 3-18 and their families. Kidpower’s mission is to teach young people personal safety and confidence-building skills to reduce their risk of abduction, assault and emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Learn more about KidPower by clicking the link below.