Waldo Canyon Fire Update
For Immediate Release: July 6, 2012, 10 a.m.
Public Information: www.inciweb.org
(719) 328‐4333 or (719) 328‐4334
Date started: June 23, 2012
Number of Personnel: 412
Location: West of Colorado Springs
Size: 18,247 acres
Percent Contained: 95%
Estimated Containment: 7/6/12
Water Tenders: 8
Cause: Under investigation
Helicopters: 1 Type 1, 1 Type 2 and 1 Type 3
Structures threatened: 0
Structures lost 347
Injuries to Date: 5
Cost to Date: $15,333,671
This will be the last fire update from the Great Basin Incident Management Team.
For future information on the fire please call the Pikes Peak Ranger District at (719) 636-1602 as of July 7, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
Rich Harvey’s Great Basin Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transfer command of the Waldo Canyon Fire to a Type 3 IMT under the command of Troy Nelson tomorrow at 6 am. The team would like to thank the community for all the wonderful support that they have shown them during this incident and wish them the best for the recovery efforts.
The Forest Service issued closure is still in effect in the Waldo Canyon Fire area. The Forest Service requests that the public honor this closure. Active fire remains within the fire perimeter and firefighters are still working on hotspots, performing mop-up and rehabilitation work. This closure exists for firefighter and public safety and to enable firefighters to perform rehabilitation work as quickly and effectively as possible, prior to seasonal rains. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Forest Service Closure Map
Firefighters will continue to mop up and patrol where appropriate and support utility infrastructure repair. They will perform rehabilitation in areas of suppression efforts including fire and dozer lines, constructing water bars and seeding where warranted. Demobilization of resources continues. Rain will be moving into the area this afternoon as thunderstorms are expected to build over the area. Tomorrow heavier rains, cooler temperatures and higher humidity are predicted with anywhere from one to two inches falling on the fire area through the weekend.
Additional Evacuation Orders Lifted
On July 6th at 5:00 PM Colorado Springs Utilities in coordination with the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and the Colorado Spring Police Department will lift mandatory evacuations for 76 homes that are currently in the mandatory evacuation area.
All Mountain Shadows residents who reside on the following streets may return home today, July 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM:
• Wilson Rd
• Jenner Ct
• Brogans Bluff Dr
• Karamy Ct
• Tamora Way
• Ravina Ct
Evacuations and Closures
Evacuations are still in effect. For more information, go to http://springsgov.com/ or http://www.elpasoco.com/.