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'On Cloud Nine': Family Prepares To Move Back In To Black Forest

By: Kristin Haubrich/KKTV
By: Kristin Haubrich/KKTV

Signs of rebuilding can be seen all over Black Forest.

Signs of rebuilding can be seen all over Black Forest.

In the six months since the Black Forest Fire started, families who lost so much are beginning to see progress.

Amidst the charred trees in Black Forest, signs of new hope emerge. Cedar frames and front-end loaders mark the first families moving into new or repaired homes.

11 News spoke with one of those families Wednesday, exactly six months to the day after the fire ripped through their community.

"I've been on cloud nine for the last three days, looking forward to it," Robin Sikorski said.

Sikorski's home was badly burned in the Black Forest Fire. The family says the months since have been emotional and hectic as they tried to put the pieces back together. But a now a light at the end of the tunnel as the family prepares to move back into the house they almost lost. Sikorski believes their fire retardant paint and roof stopped the fire from completely destroying their home.

She tells 11 News she knows how fortunate her family is.

"I feel for everybody who lost their memories, their wedding pictures, kids' pictures."

But even after everything her family went through, Sikorski said she has no hesitation returning to Black Forest.

"It's worth it living out here."

The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department says two homes have been completely rebuilt, while there are currently permits to build 90 other new homes.

The fire destroyed 488 homes, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history.


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