1:24 am - Wednesday September 20, 2017

Waldo County Fire Update 3pm

CLOSURES:
  • US 24 westbound starting at 31st St. and eastbound at the El Paso/Teller County Line (Crystola area).
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Garden of the Gods Park, Palmer Park and Pikes Peak Highway are CLOSED.
  • Memorial Outpatient Rehab in Woodland Park will be closed tomorrow.
Fire Department Helicopter

Photo by Daniel Chaparro

MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS:
  • Farish and Carrol Lake areas off Rampart Range Rd.
  • Cedar Heights Subdivision and Mountain Shadows south of Chuck Wagon Rd. Boundaries are Rampart Range Road to the west and everything west of 30th and Centennial from Gateway Road north to Chuck Wagon.
  • All of Manitou Springs, Cascade, Chipita Park and Green Mountain Falls.
If you are evacuated, do NOT turn off your gas. This is per Colorado Springs Utilities which will do mass shut offs if necessary.
PRE-EVACUATION ORDERS:
  • Pre-evacuation orders issued by Teller County for Woodland Park – East of Safeway, north of Safeway to Rampart Range Rd. and South of Edlow).  Pre-evacuation means prepare to evacuate by getting important documents and medications together and stay tuned to local media for info.
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
To register a phone number (mobile or land) for reverse 911, go to www.elpasoteller911.org or call (719) 785-1900.
OPEN SHELTERS
  • Red Cross shelter for residents evacuated is located at Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road) and Summit Elementary School in Divide at 490 Meadow Park (moved from Woodland Park High School). To check if family is registered at a shelter, call Red Cross at (719) 785-2724. There is no phone number to call and talk to anyone staying at a shelter. Also check Https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
  • Animal Shelters list at http://www.springsgov.com/units/communications/Animal%20shelter%20list.pdf.  Humane Society is now FULL. Evacuees staying at the Cheyenne Mountain HS shelter can bring small animals with them but no pets can be dropped off there – owners must be staying there.
DONATIONS/VOLUNTEERING
Citizens wanting to help can make monetary donations on www.RedCross.org.  Goods cannot be accepted at this time. Monetary donations will stay in this community.  Volunteers can also sign up through redcross.org. Volunteers experienced working with large animals can call Penrose Equestrian Center to volunteer at (719) 520-7773.
Please DO NOT drop of goods at the fire command post.  We do not have the capacity to accept donations there.  Please visitwww.RedCross.org to donate or volunteer.
Care & Share (2605 Preamble Pt.) is now accepting donations of non-perishable food items until 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m.-6p.m. Mon – Fri.
Goodwill will provide information later today for other donations.
For non-emergency needs and volunteer information, call Pikes Peak United Way at (719) 955-0742. Due to call volume, you may need to leave a message.
MEETINGS
Media Briefing will be held today at 4 p.m. at Coronado High School. Coronado High School is the media staging area.
A Community Meeting will take place on Monday at 7 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Rd.).
Colorado Springs Informal and Formal City Council meetings on Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 have been canceled. A special meeting will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 for one agenda item: Memorial Hospital.
OTHER INFO:
Size: 2500 acres and growing with 0% containment. Fire personnel focusing on infrastructure protection and containing the fire on the north side of Highway 24.
No structures lost or immediately threatened. Approximately 400 personnel activated from multiple agencies with more on the way.
Incident is currently under Unified Command with US Forest Service, El Paso County and City of Colorado Springs. Cooperating agencies include: El Paso County Sheriff, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, El Paso County, CSFD, CSPD, Colorado Springs Utilities, Green Mountain Fire Department, Cascade Fire Department, Manitou Springs Fire Department and Colorado State Forest Service.
The fire remained active throughout the night. Additional resources are incoming. A Type I Incident Management Team is expected to arrive today with a possible transition of command Sunday evening or Monday morning. Type 1 Command is used in complex emergencies needing resources from multiple agencies.
Fire engines will be staged in evacuated subdivisions for structure protection. CSPD and EPC Sheriff’s Office are also in these areas for security and to staff closure points.

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