Update: Robin and Mark Herklotz ID'd as Black Forest fire victims, 509 homes destroyed

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Update: The two victims of the Black Forest fire, which sparked to life on June 11, have been ID'd as Marc Allen Herklotz, 52, and Robin Lauran Herklotz, fifty, married residents of Black Forest. The laborious identification process speaks to the horrific force of nature that took their lives.

In the meantime, the fight against the destructive blaze continues to wind down, with containment estimated at 85 percent. But the number of homes confirmed destroyed is still going up, as is the cost of the effort.

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National Forest Service
The federal Inciweb.org page devoted to the fire supplements the 85 percent containment calculation with confirmation that the size of the fire -- 14,280 -- remains unchanged since yesterday.

Meanwhile, the page notes that "restrictions are in the process of being lifted in the Delta, Kilo and Whiskey divisions. Utility crews continue assessing and securing service to residences for future re-entry. El Paso County Sheriffs office continues to do assessments within the area and coordinate the reentry of residents. Excess resources are being released as incident objectives are being met. Resources continue to mop up and secure around structures to prevent further loss."

The sheriff's office assessments include cataloging those homes determined to be total losses. As noted by 9News, that sum has gone from 502 yesterday morning to the current number, 509. And authorities believe this digit will rise again before the fire is officially considered extinguished.

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The latest Black Forest fire perimeter map.
The end of the fire will come to late for Marc and Robin Herklotz, who were reportedly trying to flee the conflagration when it overtook them in their garage. EPCSO spokes Jeff Kramer points out that they were identified "through a cooperative effort between Forensic Odontologist Dr. Joe Gentile and El Paso County Coroner Dr. Robert Bux and his staff."

Both Mark and Robin were reportedly members of the Air Force Space Command at Schriever Air Force Base. The unit's commander, General William L. Shelton, released a statement about their passing that reads in part, "The men and women of Air Force Space Command are saddened by the loss of these two members of our AFSPC family. I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Marc and Robin during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

We echo these words.

As for the expense incurred while putting out the fire, it's now reached a staggering $8.5 million. And the meter hasn't stopped running.

Continue for our previous coverage of the Black Forest fire (and Royal Gorge fire), including photos, videos, documents and more.


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28 comments
Mitch Siff
Mitch Siff

Of course it was human caused but the question remains: accidental or arson.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

We lost over 700 homes and half-a-dozen lives to wildfires less than a year ago, but Colorado remains fast asleep. No one in the General Assembly so much as proposed a fuel removal program, and no one would dream of mandating that homeowners establish a setback between their homes and trees or brush. The entire legislative response this session just concluded was to vote no money at all for the purchase of a fleet of imaginary air tankers, which are doing excellent work. We'd rather pretend to extinguish fires than do anything to prevent them.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

These things happen when you build a combustible house in A FOREST surrounded by combustible trees and brush in the dry western foothills.

Next time, build a Beach House on the Hurricane Coast.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Have they found the missing old man ? 

Hearing his wife begging to the intrusive media this morning . She needed comforting . A hug perhaps . NOT A FUCKING CAMERA IN HER FACE !!!

Beth Harris
Beth Harris

It was hazy and smelled like a lil' smokie near my place at Parker and Arapahoe. A co-worker was evacuated--not sure if his home made it, but at least he, his wife, horses, and pets got out.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Further evidence that God Hates Repuglycans.


Green_eyes
Green_eyes

How very sad.... Losing everything you worked for and knowing so many things lost are irreplaceable.... I sure hope they get this fire under control....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

My deepest, most sincere condolences, to those who lost their homes . It's a horrible, horrible, thing to see on the television screen KNOWING these are our families, friends, and neighbors, watching their lives burn to ash . I am so sorry for your losses ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... so you're suggesting that THE GOVERNMENT protect people -- through legislative mandates -- from their own self-imposed risks?

Archived for future reference.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  Once you have lived IN the Rockies, it's next to impossible to happily reside anywhere else .....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... the Detox has your estrogen levels quite elevated, doesn't it?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Beth Harris Thanks for the personal account .

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The motor home is no longer available . Might I suggest others w/ campers and motor homes NOT in use, reach out to our southern neighbors in need ???!!!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

No, your assumption is inaccurate; homeowners in fire-prone areas are only a few of those who incur liability for irresponsible development and ownership.  A better example of socializing liablities than Colorado's development and fire policies could not be found. Here is the arrangement we've got going: we let developers and individuals build wherever they want, with no requirements for what materials they use or setbacks from trees or brush, in the woods, and when it all burns down, State and Federal taxpayers' money is spent on firefighting resources to try to preserve their property.  I do believe that the government should seek to dissuade people from taking undue risks, but without resorting to criminal sanctions.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay @Juan_Leg  

Cold .....

I'm a mess !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay @Juan_Leg  

I'm going to shoot over to the Houston Press & fuck w/ some stupid red-neck Texans . That ALWAYS makes me feel better .

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay @Juan_Leg

It's real ! Thanks man . Not needed but truly thank you ...

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