4:38 pm - Friday September 22, 2017

Waldo: 100% Contained

Fire Facts:

Percent Contained: 100%

Size: 18,247 acres

Cause: Under investigation

 

 Today’s Update:

The Waldo Canyon fire was declared 100% contained yesterday at 8 PM.  However, smoke will continue to be seen on the fire as the weather gets warmer and dryer today. Firefighters continue to mop up smokes, monitor, and support utility infrastructure repair.  Smoke was not seen in the Blodgett Peak area for over 36 hours. Fire observers will fly the fire periodically to check the fire perimeter as the area dries out from recent rains.

 

A couple of smokes are on a very steep face of Blodgett Peak and are overhanging a flat green area that has not burned.  The smoke has been easily seen by residents in the vicinity of the intersection of Woodmen Road and Centennial Blvd.  Please DO NOT REPORT those smokes. We will continue to monitor those smokes. If the fire activity drops down the hill to the unburned flat area, we can then safely get firefighters into that location and put it out.    One other smoke, visible from the same area, is from an 8 foot deep chip pile that is near a quarry site.  The chip pile has burned area all around along with the cleared quarry site so it is not a risk and will slowly burn itself out.  Residents may continue to see smoke from that quarry area southwest of Woodmen Road and Centennial Blvd. for many days. We are monitoring that site so please Do Not Report that smoke.

 

Firefighters are still working to rehabilitate dozer lines, construct water bars and complete seeding where warranted.   Their work is progressing very well.      

 

Closures:

The Pike National Forest Closure Order 12-10 is still in effect in the Waldo Canyon Fire area as well as the area north of the fire where contingency lines were being reinforced.   The roads and trails in the following areas are still closed:  From Hwy 24 north to Forest Road 322 and from Rampart Range Road east to the Forest boundary near Colorado Springs .   Rampart Reservoir and all the lakes within the Forest Closure Order 12-10 are still closed.  Please see the Pike and San Isabel Forests website for a map showing the closure area. A new link is shown below.   Please see Order 12-10 Waldo Canyon Extended Area Closure Occupancy & Use for the Forest Service Closure and Map:

 http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices

 

Evacuations:City/County:  Some City evacuations are still in effect but are changing daily. For information go to: http://springsgov.com  and/or   http://www.elpasoco.com/

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