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The “Black Forest Fire” started on June 11, 2013, and grew to become what was being described as the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history in terms of number of homes lost. The wind-driven fire killed two people, burned 14,280 acres and destroyed 486 homes. Several thousand residents were evacuated. Hundreds of firefighters operated at the fire before it was 100% contained on June 20.
At deadline, it was reported that the fire caused $292.8 million in damage, but that figure was expected to rise as damage to outbuildings and commercial structures is assessed. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.