Jun 16, 2013 1:41 AM by Sean Mooney
Tucson- The Black Forest Fire, outside of Colorado Springs, is being called the most destructive wildfire in Colorado state history.
Officials say firefighters are now getting the upper hand in controlling the massive blaze with 45 percent of the fire now contained, but residents have paid a big price.
Nearly 500 homes have been destroyed in the fire. Two people were killed while trying to escape the flames.
The damage left behind in the wildfire's wake is devastating and the call has gone out to help those who have lost everything and have no where to go.
One Tucsonan will be among the first to arrive from Arizona. Leonida Chadion is preparing for her 7th deployment on her way to help in Colorado.
Last year Leonida packed up and headed to Colorado to help out with the Waldo Canyon fire. She will be the first to go from Tucson this time. She says her last trip prepared her for what she she can expect to encounter with victims when she arrives at the shelters.
"They are anxious, they are more like in shock of what happened and so it is really comforting to them when the people from the Red Cross are there and they help even if it is just to give them a hug," she said.
As firefighters battle to contain the blaze many of those Leonida will provide comfort to will have already lost everything. She says being a nurse is only is only part of why she volunteers when help is needed.
"I am very giving person, it makes me feel really good inside to share and to give because I feel very fortunate and I appreciate the Red Cross allowing me to go and help out," Leonida said.
Leonida says she expects to be deployed in Colorado for the next two weeks.