Black Forest Fire

Campus Updates

Thursday, June 15 #

5:00 p.m. #
General information posted to Press Releases, Communique, and sent to faculty and staff email lists.

Black Forest fire update: Shelter to close, rec center to reopen

The Red Cross shelter at UCCS for individuals and families affected by the Black Forest Fire will close at 6 p.m. June 15.  For more information regarding the Black Forest Fire Disaster Assistance Center visit http://www.elpasoco.com/

As a result of the shelter’s closure, the Campus Recreation Center will reopen to the campus community and regularly scheduled activities there will resume beginning at noon Sunday, June 16.

All other activities and classes at UCCS are continuing as scheduled.

Susan Szpyrka, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, expressed her appreciation to faculty, staff and students for their patience during the closure of the recreation center and the many offers of assistance received.

UCCS faculty, staff and students who are in need of housing or special parking arrangements as a result of the fire, should contact the UCCS Office of Emergency Management, 255-3212 or email eprepare@uccs.edu.

Thursday, June 13 #

2:55 p.m. #
General information posted to Press Releases, Communique, and sent to faculty and staff email lists.

Black Forest fire update – UCCS Rec Center to become evacuation shelter

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will be a Red Cross evacuation center for individuals and families evacuated as part of the Black Forest Fire.

The Campus Recreation Center will become a Red Cross evacuation center effective at about 3 p.m. June 13. The Red Cross will handle registration procedures at the site. For a map of UCCS, visit www.uccs.edu/map. Evacuees should park in Lot 8 or 9, the Recreation Center parking lot.

The Red Cross shelter does not permit pets. If evacuated to UCCS please contact All Breed Rescue at 719-264-6460 to set up shelter for small animals.

The Recreation Center is closed to UCCS faculty, staff, students and visitors until further notice. All scheduled activities in the Recreation Center are cancelled.

All other activities and classes at UCCS will continue as scheduled, including New Student Orientation scheduled for Friday.

UCCS faculty, staff and students who are in need of housing or special parking arrangements, should contact the Office of Emergency Management, 255-3212 or email eprepare@uccs.edu

Faculty and staff who can accommodate evacuees are also encouraged to contact Emergency Management. The office will also coordinate volunteers who are interested in helping.

11:00 a.m. #
General information posted to Press Releases, Communique, and sent to student, faculty and staff email lists.

Smoke advisory issued; classes and activities continue as scheduled

While UCCS classes and scheduled activities are not directly affected by the Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires, the El Paso County Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a smoke advisory.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to review the health department’s information and to share the information with campus visitors.

El Paso County Public Health is advising people, especially young children, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work and those who have respiratory disease such as asthma to reduce or limit strenuous outdoor physical activity. If visibility is decreased to less than five miles, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

To monitor current air quality, visit www.elpasocountyhealth.org or www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

To see the department’s complete advisory, visit http://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/news/news-release/2013/el-paso-county-public-health-advises-people-take-precautions-protect-wildfire

Those campus community members who are directly affected by the fires and who need assistance with housing or vehicle storage should contact the Office of Emergency Management, 255-3106.

Wednesday, June 12 #

11:00 a.m. #
Series of tweets posted to the @UCCS account; similar message posted to UCCS facebook page.

10:00 a.m. #
General information posted to Press Releases, Communique, and sent to student, faculty and staff email lists.

Campus to assist in response to area wildfires

UCCS will assist students, faculty, staff and community members affected by the Black Forest and Royal Gorge wildfires.

On a case-by-case basis, UCCS will assist university and Colorado Springs community members in need, Susan Szpyrka, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, said. Assistance may include temporary housing in campus residence halls, storage for vehicles, or assistance with summer classes for students who are affected by the fire.

Those seeking assistance should contact the UCCS Office of Emergency Management, 255-3106, and should be prepared to show identification that indicates they are in an evacuation, pre-evacuation area or are directly affected.

"UCCS is a community university," Brian Burnett, executive vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, said. "That means we’re ready to help when our community needs us."

Faculty and staff affected by the fires should work with supervisors about using personal leave time to assist with evacuation efforts.

After the Black Forest fire erupted June 11, UCCS sent three police officers to assist El Paso County officials. Two officers and a motorcycle officer assisted with evacuations of homes in the area. UCCS Police will continue to assist El Paso County as requested.

The Black Forest area of El Paso County is about 10 miles from the UCCS campus. The campus is not in danger and all scheduled activities will continue. Faculty, staff, students and campus visitors are asked to be vigilant in preventing fire. Smoking on campus is discouraged and campus community members are encouraged to watch for smoke on campus property. All sightings should be reported to UCCS Public Safety, 255-3111, immediately.

Tuesday, June 11 #

5:17 p.m. #