Waldo Canyon Fire Update
For Immediate Release: July 2, 2012, 8 a.m.
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Date started: June 23, 2012
Number of Personnel: 1,581
Location: West of Colorado Springs
Size: 17,827 acres
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
The area near Carroll Lakes remains under evacuation at this time. Evacuations have been lifted for residents only for areas from Springdale Campground north to Loy Creek and west of Rampart Range Road. Residents must show identification/proof of residency to enter. Contact El Paso County Sheriff for information.
Firefighters continued to make progress on the Waldo Canyon fire overnight. Higher humidity's and cooler temperatures helped crews to further secure the perimeter. Crews patrolled areas along Highway 24 and along the southeast perimeter of the fire and worked to secure hot spots within containment lines. Firefighters made good progress on eliminating heat along the fire line from the west end of Rampart Reservoir to Highway 24 on the northwest perimeter of the fire.
Slow moving thunderstorms are expected over the fire today. Winds produced by these storms may increase fire activity. The main focus for crews today will be to continue to secure the north perimeter of the fire along West Monument Creek. Aircraft will be used to monitor inaccessible areas north of Devil's Kitchen. Firefighters will patrol areas along Highway 24 and the southeast perimeter of the fire to put out any hot spots. Aircraft will be used to suppress any fire activity in Williams Creek. Resources will hold and improve fire line on the northeast perimeter of the fire on the Air Force Academy. Equipment will continue to work along Mount Herman Road to complete contingency line north of the fire. Additional equipment will be working north to south from Mount Herman Road to Rampart Reservoir to tie in the contingency line.
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
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:
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239