8:45 am - Friday December 15, 2017

Waldo: 80% Containment

Fire Facts:

Date started: June 23, 2012 Number of Personnel: 1,286
Location: West of Colorado Springs Crews:  32
Size:  18,247 acres Engines:  48
Percent Contained: 80%Estimated Containment: 7/8/12 Dozers:  13Water Tenders: 14
Cause: Under investigation Helicopters:   2 Type 11 Type 2 and  1 Type 3
Structures lost  346Structures damaged  25 Injuries to Date: 5Cost to Date: $13,600





Today’s Events:

Firefighters performed a lot of mop-up work today.   They were able to complete mop-up work in the northwest where they had initiated a burn out operation just a few days ago.  Crews scouted for rehabilitation work needing to be completed in the south and eastern part of the burn.  The contingency line on Mt. Herman Road is approximately 60% completed.  There was no growth in perimeter today, with only the large interior island burning out, causing the increase in acreage.


Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, visited the fire area and were provided a briefing on the fire today by Incident Commander, Rich Harvey.   Secretary Vilsack urged citizens to purchase flood insurance, as there is a 30 day waiting period before the insurance is activated.  There are no remaining evacuations except for those residents in the damaged lower Mountain Shadows subdivision.


Firefighters will be available at the Incident Command Post for any new starts due to lightning.  Tomorrow they will facilitate power pole replacement and patrol and mop-up where appropriate.  Snags will be removed that pose a threat to recreational users of the area.  Firefighters will continue to build the contingency line on Mt. Herman Road.




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