United States, Colorado Springs, Colorado-El Paso County--WALDO CANYON FIRE on June 29, 2012-Current Situation:
Total Personnel on Scene: 1,118
Size: 16,750 acres
Percent of Containment: 15%
Estimated Containment Date: Monday July 16th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Brush, hardwood slash, Mountain shrub, oak, grass, Pinon juniper, Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, spruce, Limber pine, White pine
Creeping and smoldering in timber fuels with no torching observed. Flame lengths of up to one foot in surface fuels. Thunderstorms, downslope winds and light precipitation were present over the fire area.
There has been a maximum effort to contain the spotfires north of Rampart Ridge Reservoir. Lack of a Red Flag conditions and favorable weather conditions has allowed for securing of the subdivision of Cedar Heights and eliminate the potential of fire from destroyed structures involving other structures. Favorable weather and fire behavior has also allowed crews to go direct in all divisions. Development of management action points for evacuations have begun for Woodland Park, Monument and Manitou Springs. Resources were able to begin securing the Stanley Repeater site and reduce the threat of fire damage. Continued recon of the northern fire perimeter for useable contingency lines.
President Obama came in today around noon to observe first hand the destruction of the Waldo Canyon Fire. He spoke briefly to some of the fire crews working on the fire.