After the 1 pm community briefing at the Florissant Fire District the Sheriff announced the stage 3 burn ban goes into effect immediately. He said if you see something or smell something, call us! He said he notified those individuals this morning that had lost their homes and or structures, there were seven.
He discussed opening up Teller 1 and utilizing pilot cars to get vehicles back and forth to safely. he also said he is reviewing opening up teller 11 and utilizing pilot cars, he will be making that decision tomorrow.
The sheriff said that we had almost 400 First Responders currently working on the High Chateau fire incident. He expressed his appreciation for the assistance to this incident in Teller County from the surrounding areas. He said he was overwhelmed by all the agencies that have offered to come up and help with this incident, it is truly a blessing!
If you had been evacuated from the area and need to get your mail, please be sure to take your identification to the post office, they have been holding it there for you.
County Administrator Sheryl Decker stated that on Thursday from 10 am until 6 pm they will be having a community assessment center open up at Summit Elementary in Divide. You will be able to receive a resident pass to go back to your home, pending it is safe to return, and there will be public health awareness team members there to assist you at Summit Elementary.
The County Administrator also indicated that dumpsters will be available for residents in the evacuated areas to help them to clear out their refrigerators and freezers of spoiled foods. Also public health and environmental health will be on scene as well to assist in case there are any questions or concerns.
In closing, the Sheriff went over the details of the day the incident occurred at 12: 03 on Friday, the 29th of June. Chief Lowe responded and immediately requested a task force and for Cripple Creek to respond. They were on scene by 12: 15, the Sheriff said it was because of this quick reaction and thinking and the fast response of others, that this fire had not gotten any bigger. This community has a good man and a great fire Chief in Jack Lowe.
The Sheriff ended by saying thank you to the law enforcement agencies, the firefighters from throughout the area, the volunteers and especially the community support, it is truly overwhelming.