Waldo Canyon Fire Update
For Immediate Release: July 1, 2012, 8 p.m.
|Date started: June 23, 2012||Number of Personnel: 1,581|
|Location: West of Colorado Springs||Crews: 39|
|Size: 17,827 acres||Engines: 83|
|Percent Contained: 55%
Estimated Containment: 7/12/12
Water Tenders: 16
|Cause: Under investigation||Helicopters: 5 Type 1, 3 Type 2 and 3 Type 3|
|Structures threatened: 10,000 residences and 100 commercial structures
|Injuries to Date: 3
Cost to Date: $11,102,837
Structures lost 347
Little growth was seen on the Waldo Canyon fire today as firefighters continued to make progress toward containment. Previously unburned islands within the fire perimeter became more active today with the hotter and dryer weather conditions and produced intermittent periods of smoke. Firefighters worked to secure the spot fire north of Rampart Reservoir. Crews are now working east from Rampart Reservoir along the north perimeter of the fire and into West Monument Creek. The north flank of the fire continues to have little growth with help from aircraft and retardant. A 50 acre island of unburned fuel west of the Air Force Academy was successfully burned out today to help secure the western perimeter of the fire. Fire equipment continue to make progress on contingency line along Mount Herman Road north of the fire and hope to have it completed this next week.
Highway 24 was reopened to all traffic at 12 p.m. today as residents returned home. Further evacuations will be lifted at 8 p.m. tonight for the Peregrine and Woodman Valley neighborhoods.
Crews will continue to patrol communities along Highway 24 and along the southeast perimeter of the fire tonight. Firefighters will work to secure the fire on the northwest perimeter, between Rampart Road and Hwy 24, where drier fuels and higher winds caused the fire to burn more actively throughout the day. A Red Flag Warning will remain in effect until 9 p.m. tonight. Thunderstorms will remain in the area until later this evening. Aircraft is available to assist crews if needed.
Evacuations and Closures
City of Colorado Springs:
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.
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
For information on sheltering animals, please refer to this document: