Black Forest Fire report given to DA by El Paso County Sheriff's Office

El Paso Sheriff keeps report findings under wraps

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says it has submitted its Black Forest Fire investigation report to the District Attorney's Office for review.

The sheriff's office said it was able to complete its investigation into the cause and origin of the 2013 fire after receiving a report that it needed from the US Forest Service. However, the completed report has not been released to the public.

The lengthy report fills more than eight 3-inch-thick binders and includes forensic analysis, interviews, photographs, timelines and additional reports from law enforcement and fire personnel.

The District Attorney will review the report and determine if any charges will be filed in connection to the fire's start.

The Black Forest Fire started near Highway 83 and Shoup Road on June 11, 2013.  It burned 14,280 acres, killed two people and destroyed more than 500 homes, according to the sheriff's office, but fewer than 500 according to the tax assessor's office.  It was the most destructive fire in Colorado history, causing $9.3 million in losses.

Marc Allen Herklotz, 52, and his wife, Robin Lauran Herklotz, 50, died trying to evacuate as flames overtook their home.

It took 10 days for firefighters to fully contain the fire.

The fire origin investigation centered just north of Shoup Road near Darr Drive, an area with many homes in a heavily wooded area. 

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