Black Forest Fire damage estimates increased by $128 million

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - New insurance damage estimates released nearly a full year after the Black Forest Fire have increased the estimate of losses by $128 million.

The new estimated total of $420.5 million comes from approximately 4,173 auto and homeowners claims, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. The RMIIA had originally estimated the damage value at $292.8 million.

488 structures burned in the Black Forest Fire during June 2013 in northern El Paso County.

For now, the RMIIA reports that El Paso County's 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire remains Colorado's the most expensive wildfire in terms of insured losses. That fire burned 347 homes and racked up a total of $453.7 million in claims.

The Fourmile Canyon Fire, which burned northwest of Boulder in 2010, was the state's third most expensive fire. It caused $217 million in losses.

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