Fire notes: Jerri Marr cancels visit, Waldo insurance claims estimate rises

Published: June 21, 2013, 9:00 pm

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Jerri Marr cancels visit

Because of numerous fires in Colorado, Jerri Marr, has cancelled a question and answer session that had been scheduled for Saturday at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum in conjunction with events commemorating the first anniversary of the Waldo Canyon fire. Marr is the supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and the Cimarron and Comanches National Grasslands, and was part of the team handling last summer’s fire.

New insurance estimates for Waldo, High Park

As those who lost homes and property in the Black Forest begin to file insurance claims, the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association released an update on claims from the 2012 Waldo Canyon and High Park fires.

The Waldo Canyon fire generated $453.7 million in damage claims, up from $352.6 million reported last year. The remains the most expensive in the state in terms of insurance claims. The fire destroyed 347 homes and damaged dozens; 6,648 claims have been filed.

The High Park fire insured loss estimate now stands at $113.7 million from approximately 1,293 homeowner and auto claims; the previous estimate was $97.1 million from approximately 850 claims. The fire in Larimer County destroyed 259 homes.

D-49 offers space

Falcon School District 49 will waive all fees associated with renting its facilities for nonprofit organizations affected by the Black Forest Fire. Administrators and board members unanimously agreed to the goodwill gesture and announced it at Thursday’s board meeting.

“As the community is making its way back to homes and businesses, space will be needed for the planning and coordination of clean-up efforts,” board member Marie LaVere-Wright said. “We want HOAs, churches, Boy Scouts and other nonprofits to know they have a place to hold meetings as they move forward.”

For more information, call Dani Garcia at 495-1130 or

Also, at least six of the district’s employees and two families who have students in D-49 lost their homes in the fire. An account has been set up for employees to donate money, which will be given to those who have lost their homes.

Ways to get, give help

Much support remains for residents affected by the Black Forest fire that started June 11, as well as for first responders who were involved. As of Friday, the fire was fully contained, 511 homes were lost, 14,280 acres burned and two people died. Many organizations are offering shelter, food and other assistance where donations and volunteers are needed.

The Relief and Recovery Guide, produced by Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1, is a comprehensive source for information on fire recovery resources and relief agencies. It can be viewed at and is updated as new information becomes available.

For a list of places to donate and help in other ways, go to and click on the link in the Black Forest fire stats box at the top of the page.