Update Thursday 10:30 a.m.: According to the MeadowGrass Facebook page, the festival’s home at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center remains safe. However, La Foret Conference Center posted an update on its Facebook page saying many of the center’s staff live in the surrounding forest and have lost homes.
The full Facebook update from La Foret:
Please keep La Foret staff in your prayers, as numerous employees and their families live in the forest. Some have lost their homes and others still don’t know. Send your love their way!
A number of commentors have offered support from around the state, including Parker and Lakewood.
As word spread of the Black Forest fire Tuesday afternoon, area music fans wondered if La Foret — the scenic, beloved home to the annual MeadowGrass Music Festival each summer — was safe. And as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, La Foret was safe and sound, according to a post on MeadowGrass’ Facebook page.
“Everything at La Foret is ok,” the post reads. “Thankfully La Foret has no overnight guests tonight. The grounds have been evacuated and everyone is safe! We will post any updates.”
The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Shoup Road and Highway 83, just a few miles from La Foret. Some homes have already been reduced to their foundations, and the evacuation area has been expanded twice since it was first reported.