Here are some links to related information and other details.
Black Forest fire evacuees, both humans and animals, can receive help from the following organizations.
• Evacuees seeking a place to stay can head to one of two Red Cross shelters: New Life Church, 11025 Voyager Parkway, 594-6602; or Palmer Ridge High School, 19255 Frontage Road, Monument, 867-8600.
• To locate friends and loved ones, or to register yourself as safe and well, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell.
• The DoubleTree by Hilton, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 576-8900, is offering reduced room rates for evacuees as well as pets.
• Soldiers and families dislocated by the fire can find shelter at the post’s Youth Center, Building 1518, 5950 Ware Street, 526-2690. The center can house up to 100 people. Those in need of shelter will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The Youth Center will also accept pets.
• Sky Sox are offering free admission to fire evacuees for games at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday and 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
Animals & Pets
• The Norris-Penrose Events Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, 635-1101, is accepting horses from the fire, according to the Red Cross.
• The Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbot Lane, 473-1741, is accepting cats, dogs and other “small critters” from the evacuated area only.
• Palmer Ridge High School, a Red Cross evacuation site, 19255 Frontage Road, Monument, is accepting pets of those staying there.
• Rampart Kennels, 5977 Templeton Gap, 591-0066, is providing free board for dogs and cats of families affected by the fire.
• The Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Ave., Kiowa, (303) 621-3152, is accepting large animals.
• Woodmen Kennels, 740 Dublin Road, 598-4154, is accepting both small and large animals of fire evacuees Wednesday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The kennels cannot, however, take cattle or horses.
• Aavondale Pet Care Center, 17140 Jones Road, Peyton, 683-4617, and neighboring acreages are taking all types of animals, including reptiles, birds, goats and horses.
Concerned community members can help those affected by the fire in the following ways.
• Those wishing to donate nonperishable food items like canned and boxed meals, soups, cereals and snack items to victims of the fires in Colorado Springs and Canon City can bring them to either area Care and Share Food Bank Facility on Wednesday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, 528-1247; or 100 Greenhorn Drive, Pueblo, 296-6995.
Donors are asked not to bring water or sports drinks because those can be easily obtained by the truckload through corporate partners, said Shannon Coker, community relations director for the nonprofit.
• To donate $10 to Care and Share, text “donate” to 41010. The donation will appear on your next phone bill. Or you can make a donation online at www.careandshare.org. Indicate that the donation is for “fire response.”
• To make a donation of any amount to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, launched Tuesday to benefit nonprofits providing local disaster relief, visit www.ppcf.org/products/emergency-relief. The fund is modeled off of last year’s Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund but will have more flexibility, according to the website.
• Battle Bumms, a local organization that provides cloth-diaper starter sets to military families in needs, is collecting diapers, wipes, bottles, infant formula, personal hygiene products, blankets, clothes, toys, nonperishable food items and pet food at 1302 Osgood Road from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. each day “until everyone can return home and the fire is out.” For updates, visit www.facebook.com/BattleBumms.
• Those wishing to donate to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region’s emergency support fund, which helps families and their animals during natural disasters, can do so at www.hsppr.org/disasterdonation. Funds can be designated for the Black Forest fire via drop-down box on the donation form.
• Pikes Peak United Way, www.ppunitedway.org
• Salvation Army, www.tsacs.org
• Help Colorado Now, www.helpcoloradonow.org
Black Forest fire
- Live updates will be posted in the story here as often The Gazette learns more information.
- The Gazette will update the evacuation map as new details are released by officials. It can be viewed here.
- A map of road closures and other traffic issues is posted here: http://gazette.com/news/traffic
Royal Gorge fire
The story here will be updated as The Gazette learns more information.
- U.S. Highway 50 was closed in both directions from Soda Point to Highway 9, but now has been re-opened, although only to through traffic; no vehicles are being allowed to turn off on side roads. Temple Canyon Road has also been closed, and the Arkansas River has been closed from Spike Buck through Canon City.
- The Red Cross is opening an evacuation center at Evangelical Free Church, 3000 E. Main St., in Canon City.