BLACK FOREST, Colo. - One week after being evacuated, families in the Shoup corridor were given three hours Tuesday night to see their homes and collect any items they needed.
Joanne Bostrom has been living in a hotel with her husband since the Black Forest Fire started June 11th. Tuesday afternoon, Bostrom was one of several families told they would be allowed to return home from 4 to 7 p.m. to see their property for the first time since they left.
"I have such mixed feelings about going home," Bostrom said. "I don't want to go home, I do want to go home, but you know, it's hard to put it into words."
Bostrom has lived in her home near Swan and Herring Roads since 1981. A picture given to her by her neighbor showed her home and back deck still intact, but the fire had burned up to her home.
"When I look at an aerial photo, I can see red on my property so I'm pretty sure they slurried [sic] and that probably, maybe saved it," Bostrom said. "I think I'm going to have my husband drop me off at our corner and I'm going to walk in... and just slowly absorb it, rather than just drive up our driveway."
7NEWS exchanged text messages with Bostrom after she returned from seeing her property. She said, "house is untouched - no smoke damage inside - like I left it."
Around the perimeter of the property, however, was another story. The burnt metal shells of a pickup truck and an ATV were left behind by the flames. A child's playhouse was also destroyed. Her trash cans were melted away.
509 other families, however, were not so lucky. With that state-record for homes destroyed, the Black Forest Fire surpassed the Waldo Canyon Fire to become the most destructive in Colorado history.
"It's been a very emotional seven days," Bostrom said.