- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - El Paso County has decided that residents displaced by the Black Forest Fire in 2013 can no longer inhabit campers and recreational vehicles on their property while they rebuild their homes.

But county commissioners will consider appeals from those who can show progress in rebuilding, KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs reports (https://bit.ly/1eGbyE2 ).

The commission voted Tuesday to end a land-code suspension that was enacted after the fire. The suspension allowed time for residents to clean up and rebuild.

Some residents complained to the commission about the number of RVs and debris in the community northeast of Colorado Springs.

About 40 homes are still under construction after being destroyed in Colorado’s most destructive wildfire, KKTV-TV reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1NSUTJM ). The June 2013 fire killed two people and destroyed 489 homes. Most of those homes have been rebuilt.

Investigators only were able to determine that the blaze was “human-caused” but said they had no evidence to identify an exact cause or to prosecute anyone. They ruled out power lines, railroad activity or a gas leak. Investigators also said there is no evidence that the fire was caused by blasting, fireworks, welding or target shooting.

El Paso County spokesman Dave Rose said some families had told officials that neighbors have too much debris on their property.

“There’s a general feeling in the Black Forest (area) that it’s sort of time to move on, and you want to do that in reasonable and orderly fashion,” Rose said.

“I think that motion will work for all of us that are having problems on an individual basis,” said Chuck Legget, who is still living in an RV on his property. “And it will eliminate some of the people who are taking advantage of the situation.”

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Information from: KKTV-TV, https://www.kktv.com/

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Information from: KRDO-TV, https://www.krdo.com/


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