"I thought I had about an hour, and it turned out to be about 20 minutes," she said. "I had a pillowcase full of socks, and that's basically all I have."
By Thursday afternoon, she got bad news. A friend called her to say that her home was on an online list of residences that had been designated as destroyed. Warren didn't know exactly where the friend had seen the information but she believed it to be true.
For a person who had just been told their home was gone, Warren had a cheerful attitude when talking with CNN, laughing and saying that she was just going to go back home when she could, hitch up a trailer on the property, live in that and rebuild her house.
Her home sat on five acres and she doesn't think the land has been damaged. "Trees are still standing," she said.
For now she and her two miniature horses are staying with a friend on the outskirts of Colorado Springs.
The animals have adjusted fairly well, she said.
"You can't just take 'em to a Motel 6," she said. "And my friend is very tolerant."
Like Warren, CNN iReporter Mike Schultz lost his home. He sent images of it burned to the ground, showing charred remains.
His wife, Caml Schultz, said their family was able to save only some photographs, paperwork and few items of clothes.
"But we have each other, and we're blessed. So many people have suffered loss, and so we're just thankful that we're here and safe and that we're loved, and that we have so many people that are willing to help take care of us," she said.
Working to protect homes
Sheriff Maketa praised the swift and strong help that civilian workers have been getting from National Guard and other military responders. Authorities said that they are watching neighborhoods and homes to do everything they can to keep them safe while combating the blaze.
Still, there have been losses.
Maketa said Thursday that 360 homes had been destroyed; another 14 were damaged.
Rose, the El Paso County spokesman, stressed later that those figures were preliminary, and said he would expect them to increase.
"There are areas of the Black Forest that we have not been able to get into at all to make any sort of assessment. So it's almost impossible to come up with another number, but it is safe to assume that that number will in fact rise," he said.
Ken Litch, a 12-year resident of the area, watched Wednesday as the Black Forest Fire gained ground on his home. There wasn't much else he could do.
"A hundred homes would be nothing," he told CNN affiliate KUSA. "Whatever is in its way, it's going to take."
The inferno is likely to continue for a couple more days as temperatures are forecast to stay in the 90s through Friday, with winds gusting up to 30 mph.
Famous bridge still intact
Another major fire in the state is the Royal Gorge Fire, which is burning 55 miles to the southwest, on the other side of Colorado Springs.
It burned several buildings around the iconic Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge, and threatened the bridge itself.
Authorities downgraded the number of acres burned from 3,800 to 3,100 late Wednesday. The wildfire was 20% contained, the state office of emergency management reported. Twenty structures have been lost to the flames.
"We have made good progress on the fire today without any accidents or injuries," said Dennis Page, incident commander for the fire.
The famous Royal Gorge Bridge that spans the Arkansas River is intact but needs to be inspected before it can reopen for tourists, a spokeswoman for the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park said.