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Waldo Canyon Fire Update – June 30

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2012, 9 p.m.


Fire Facts:

Date started: June 23, 2012 Number of Personnel: 1,534
Location: West of Colorado Springs Crews:  39
Size:  17,659 acres Engines:  92
Percent Contained: 45%Estimated Containment: 7/16/12 Dozers:  15Water Tenders: 16
Cause: Under investigation Helicopters:   5 Type 13 Type 2 and  3 Type 3
Structures threatened:  15,000 residences and 140 commercial structures  Injuries to Date: 2Cost to Date: $8, 899, 134

Structures lost  347

 

 

 

Today’s Events:

Night crews will concentrate on securing burned-out areas on the west side of the fire to help speed the re-opening of Highway 24. Firefighters used helicopter drops to deal with interior hotspots in the area today.

 

“If we can get in and clean things up tonight, it will really help,” said Night Operations Section Chief Kim Soper.

 

Crews caught a spot fire west of Rampart Road today. The night shift will work tonight on deepening the line along Rampart Road.

 

Helicopters made water drops on hotspots in Williams Canyon in the southern part of the fire in the morning and late afternoon, augmented by crews working on the ground. Three hotshot crews have begun work in steep, rugged Monument Canyon on the northern fire perimeter, where air assault was previously the only alternative.

 

Since the fire started on June 23, 264,469 gallons of retardant and 681,449 gallons of water have been dropped on the fire.

 

Spot fires north of Rampart Reservoir are now lined, but not yet secure. Firefighters attempted a burnout on the eastern perimeter, but the operation was halted by weather concerns. Night engine crews will again patrol and mop up the southeastern perimeter.

 

Evacuees who have returned to their homes are asked not to call 911 to report smoke arising from within the fire perimeter. Waldo Canyon is still an active fire, so residents can expect to see flames during the day, and especially at night. Burning of interior islands of fuel is desirable, as it reduces the chances of a larger fire developing and spotting outside the fire perimeter.

 

“The more interior burning we have, the more secure we’ll be,” said incident meteorologist Julia Rutherford.

 

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 ninety 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.

 

 

Currently on mandatory evacuation:

 

City of Colorado Springs:

Some residents have been allowed to return to their homes.  Information on remaining evacuation, please go tohttp://www.springsgov.com

Cascade, Chipita Park, Green Mountain Falls, Crystola.

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

 

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

 

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