Black Forest Fire Public Meetings Aim To Shape Future Policy

Black Forest Fire, June 2013

Almost one year ago, the Black Forest Fire destroyed hundreds of homes and took the lives of two people.

El Paso County officials are hoping to create some good out of the tragedy, using public feedback over the handling of the fire to help shape future decisions.

For months, county officials have been holding a series of public meetings, dubbed "Lessons Learned" meetings to give fire victims the chance to voice their opinions. Wednesday will be the final meeting in the series. After Wednesday, officials will take the information gleaned from the meetings and use it in a special report they are putting together about how the county responded in the wake of the fire

Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting and give their opinion whether or not they were directly impacted by the fire, but officials especially want to hear from those who were hit the hardest.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the El Paso County Transportation and Environmental Complex on 3255 Akers Dr. The report should be released sometime in June.