Waldo Canyon Fire Update
Incident: Waldo Canyon Fire Wildfire
Date started: June 23, 2012
Number of Personnel: 764
Location: West of Colorado Springs
Size: 15,517 acres
Percent Contained: 5%
Water Tenders: 1
Estimated Containment: 7/16/12
Helicopters: 2 Type 1, 3 Type 2 and 2Type 3
Cause: Under investigation
Injuries to Date: 0
Structures threatened: 20,085 residences and 160 commercial structures
Evacuees: Approx. 32, 000
Cost to Date: $1, 950, 000
Structures lost Yet to be determined
Overnight the fire continued to back down towards Hwy 24 as firefighters continued to hold and maintain the perimeter east of the Hwy. Structure protection continued along the Hwy, north of the current fire line. Firefighters continued to hold improve the line on the northwest perimeter, which had been created using burnout operations earlier in the day, along Rampart Range Road. On the northeast flank, fire continued to back down to West Monument Creek. A spot fire north of Rampart Reservoir was very active overnight. Structure protection continued in around the Eagle Lake Camp and in Cedar Heights.
Today firefighters will once again face Red Flag conditions with thunderstorms expected in the afternoon. They will continue to secure structures in Wellington Canyon, and secure the community of Cascade. Firefighters will initiate structure protection further to the north along Hwy 24 and scout for contingency lines. Control operations will continue on the north and east along West Monument Creek. Firefighters are working with the City of Colorado Springs Fire Department on the west to focus primarily on structure protection. Structure protection will continue around Eagle Camp and Cedar Heights.
Evacuations and Closures
Cascade, Cedar Heights Subdivision, Chipita Park, Crystal Park, Green Mountain Falls,
Currently on mandatory evacuation.
City of Colorado Springs
All areas north of Garden of the Gods Rd. between I-25 to the east all the way to the western City limits and north to the Air Force Academy.
Air Force Academy
Evacuated areas included Academy Dr. to their southern and western boundaries.
Closed in both directions between Cave of the Winds and Crystola.
I-25 southbound at Interquest Parkway
On pre-evacuation notice as a precaution (be prepared and follow local news).
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
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:
Pikes Peak Red Cross http://www.pparc.org/ Money only; will also register volunteers
Care and Share 2605 Preamble Point Food and non-perishables, M-F, 7 am - 6 pm
Goodwill http://www.discovermygoodwill.org/ Distributing donations to evacuees as needed
Please DO NOT bring donations directly to shelters or the incident command post. They cannot handle donations or distribution of them.
Non-Emergency Assistance and Service Referrals
Pikes Peak United Way (719) 955-0742