Waldo Canyon Fire Update on Day 6:
• Size: 18,500 acres and growing
• 5% containment.
• 100s of homes burned
• Hwy 24 Closed in Ute Pass/Waldo Canyon
• No Injuries
• 32,000 evacuated
• 1,200 firefighters (plus CSFD & other local agencies)
• Military helping with heavy machinery/dozers
US Post Office Still Delivering Mail: Get information on this link: http://news.elpasoco.com/Pages/default.aspx?ReleaseID=573
PLEASE OBEY ALL EVACUATION ORDERS IN PLACE FOR YOUR SAFETY:
EL PASO COUNTY: MANDATORY EVACUATIONS:
Cedar Heights Subdivision
Farish and Carrol Lake areas off Rampart Range Rd.
Green Mountain Falls
Holland Park (West only)
North Mountain Shadows Subdivision
Mount St. Francis
Woodland Park (portions)
All Areas from Garden of the Gods Road, East from 30th street To I-25, North into the Air Force Academy residential areas.
Monument (west of I25)
Woodland Park (portions)
Holland Park (east side)
Douglas County area near Rampart Reservoir.
Wildfire Health Advisory:
Due to continuing wind and weather changes impacting the Waldo Canyon wildfire, the air quality in El Paso County is likely to change frequently. El Paso County Public Health cautions people about poor air quality that may cause breathing difficulties, especially for people susceptible to respiratory conditions.
El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs have issued joint declarations noting that the Waldo Canyon Fire is a local disaster. Local emergency declarations are declared to formally activate emergency operations plans, activate mutual assistance agreements and qualify for certain types of Federal and State disaster assistance.
Additional Fire Facts:
Date started: June 23, 2012
Number of Personnel: 1,008
Location: West of Colorado Springs
Size: 18,500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%
Water Tenders: 3
Estimated Containment: 7/16/12
Helicopters: 2 Type 1, 2 Type 2 and 2 Type 3
Cause: Under investigation
Injuries to Date: 0
Structures threatened: 20,085 residences and 160 commercial structures
Evacuees: Approx. 32, 000
Cost to Date: $3, 200, 000
Structures lost Yet to be determined
Staffed road closures will be in effect at the following locations:
·● Forest Road 320, one half mile west of Mitchell Ave.
·● Forest Road 320 at Road 300. Road 300 will remain open.
·● Hwy 24 at the El Paso/Teller County line.
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 http://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:
A thunderstorm is moving through with heavy lightning around 1:30PM MDT Fire Crews continuing to fight the fire and add to the containment of this disaster. Bulldozer crews are very active today in making and maintaining good perimeter lines around the fire.
Upon doing a preliminary report by emergency personnel: 346 homes destroyed.