Date started: June 23, 2012
Number of Personnel: Approx. 600
Location: Waldo Canyon
Size: 5,168 acres
Percent Contained: 5%
Water Tenders: 1
Estimated Containment Date: July 16, 2012
Helicopters: 2 Type 1, 2 Type 2 and 1 Type 3
Cause: Under investigation
Injuries to Date: 0
Structures threatened: One Shed has burned
Estimated # of Evacuees: 4,825 (2,599 homes)
Cost to Date: Estimate not yet available
Rich Harvey’s Type 1 Great Basin Team assumed command of the Waldo Canon Fire at 6 p.m. on June 24 from the local Type 3 Team.
MAFFS (Modular Airborne Firefighting System) were used today to protect Palmer Reservoir and Eagle Lake Camp. The MAFFS are self-contained units used for aerial firefighting that can be loaded onto a C-130 Hercules, a military cargo transport, which then allows the aircraft to be used as an air tanker against wildfires. Aircraft was also used to protect Rampart Range Road along the north and east flanks of the fire. The fire made a significant run today toward Palmer Reservoir and became established across Rampart Range Road. Point protection continues near Cedar Heights subdivision and Cascade.
Community meetings were held this evening at the Cheyenne Mountain High School and Summit Elementary school in Divide. Over 750 people attended these meetings. Local County, city, US Forest Service representatives and Incident Management Team members were on hand to present and answer questions.
The plan for tomorrow is to keep the fire south of Rampart Range Road where possible and out of Queens Canyon using type 1 crews (Hotshots), and aircraft. Continue point protection in Cedar Heights and Cascade communities. Begin preparing Lucky 4 Road for indirect line construction. Continue structure preparation and protection around Palmer Reservoir and Eagle Lake Camp. Operations will plan for indirect line construction along north and west flanks of the fire.
Evacuations and Closures
Cascade, Cedar Heights Subdivision, Chipita Park, Crystal Park, Green Mountain Falls
Currently on mandatory evacuation.
Mountain Shadows Subdivision
Portions are currently on mandatory evacuation – Boundaries are Rampart Range Rd. to the west and everything west of 30th St. and Centennial from Gateway Rd. north to Chuck Wagon Rd.
Closed in both directions between Cave of the Winds and Crystola.
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
Cheyenne Mountain High School 1200 Cresta Road, Colorado Springs
Summit Elementary School, Divide
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 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 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
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239