Waldo Fire Update…They are Turning the Corner

Colorado…Since we live here in fire country we thought we would pass along some stats on the Waldo Fire. They are sobering..Today’s Events: Due to favorable weather conditions of lower temperatures, higher humidity and reduced wind speeds, fire fighters were able make great progress today. Crews performed direct line construction on most flanks. The fire was relatively quiet all day along the Hwy 24 corridor where firefighters were able to improve lines and perform some mop-up operations. Firefighters also began mopping up along Rampart Range Road in the north flank. Air support, including MAFFS, was used extensively on the large spot fire north of Rampart Reservoir. The MAFFS were heavily utilized in the problematic Monument Creek area all day to improve firefighter’s ability to construct line.

Fire Facts: Date started: June 23, 2012. Number of Personnel: 1,118, Location: West of Colorado Springs. Crews: 33. Size: 16,750 acres (reduction due to better mapping). Engines: 76. Percent Contained: 15%. Estimated Containment: 7/16/12. Dozers: 11. Water Tenders: 4. Cause: Under investigation. Helicopters: 3 Type 1, 3 Type 2 and 2 Type 3. Structures threatened: 20,085 residences and 160 commercial structures. Injuries to Date: 1. Cost to Date: $5, 202, 526. Structures lost 347.

Tomorrow firefighters will continue to construct direct line while conditions permit, utilizing air support to aid in their efforts. By evening, approximately 150 firefighters will be spiked out in Springdale Camp northeast of the fire. Dozers will be used to construct contingency lines along Mount Herman Road.

Evacuations and Closures

City of Colorado Springs:

Evacuation Order reduced Pre-Evacuation Notice: North & West Boundary – Woodmen Rd to W. Rockrimmon Blvd. Where West Rockrimmon Road turns to South Rockrimmon cut in a south westerly direction through Ute Valley Park. Go through Ute Valley Park diagonally until even with Hunters Ridge Road. Cut ninty degrees to a south easterly direction between Hopner Ct and Ledge Rock Trl. Then cut back, leaving Ute Valley Park to the north tip of List Drive to Centennial Drive. Turn right on Centennial drive to N 30th St. South Boundary – West Garden of the Gods Road. East Boundary I-25.

Residents in these neighborhoods can return home at 8 p.m:

Southeast area of Rockrimmon including Golden Hills and Tammaron subdivisions (southeast of Woodmen Rd./Rockrimmon Blvd. to S. Rockrimmon)

Pine Cliff

Kissing Camels (East of 30th street from Gateway Road to Garden of the Gods Road)

Holland Park

Pleasant Valley

The apartment complex at Garden of the Gods Rd. and 30th Street.

Currently on mandatory evacuation:

City of Colorado Springs:

Cedar Heights

West of 30th Street from Gateway Road to Centennial

Pinon Valley

Mountain Shadows

Perregrine

Rockrimmon (northwest of Woodmen Rd./Rockrimmon Blvd. and Vindicator)

Cascade, Chipita Park, Green Mountain Falls, Crystola.

Air Force Academy

Evacuated areas include all housing areas on the base except the airfield.

Teller County

Refer to www.co.teller.co.us

US 24

Closed between Cave of the Winds and El Paso/Teller County line.

Pike National Forest

Order 12-08 closes the Pike National Forest in the area of the Waldo Canyon Fire as shown on map of order.

Currently on Voluntary Evacuation

Crystal Park, Manitou Springs

Red Cross Shelters

Lewis Palmer High School (1300 Higby, Monument, CO)

Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road, Colorado Springs, CO)

Southeast YMCA (2190 Jet Wing Drive, Colorado Springs, CO)

Summit Elementary School, Divide, CO

Evacuees should register on www.redcross.org/safeandwell. Family and friends can check status there and also by phone at (719) 785-2724.

For information on sheltering animals, please refer to this document:

http://www.springsgov.com/units/communications/CompanionAnimalShelterinfforWaldoCanyonFireEvacuees.pdf