Waldo Canyon Fire Continues to Burn: Pikes Peak Closed [Video]

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The following are the areas under mandatory evacuation:

Pine Valley Housing on the Air Force Academy – All residents evacuated on Tuesday. Residents proceeded to the Fort Carson Special Events Center and were encouraged to bring as little baggage as possible.
Mountain Springs, Peregrine and Westwood – At approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, the fire progressed west to east in Division Y crossing Queens Canyon and established itself on the east aspect of the Front Range.

Colorado wildfires that blazed throughout the state on Saturday, produced fires that burned down homes in Estes Park and are now forcing evacuations in Colorado Springs and shutting down state highways in southern Colorado.

People in the area of Manitou Springs, Colorado have also been ordered to evacuate their homes due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued on Sunday on the south side of Highway 24 for Green Mountain Falls, Chipita Park and Cascade.

David Hunting told the Colorado Springs Gazette, “The fire behavior was at a point where it was threatening on putting embers and ash on Manitou Springs. We just didn’t want to take a chance of having a fire land on somebody’s roof and set a residence on fire.”

The Waldo Canyon fire has burned 2,000 acres in the Pike National Forest west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Garden of the Gods Park, Cave of the Winds, Cog Railway and Pikes Peak will all be closed.

There are currently 350 people working on the wildfire and is 0 percent contained. The Waldo Canyon Fire is currently under Unified Command with US Forest Service, El Paso County and City of Colorado Springs as the lead agencies.

There are six aircraft helping ground crews try to contain the Waldo Canyon Fire. There are also two large air tankers, two smaller tankers, a Type 2 helicopter and an attack aircraft making drops on the wildfire.

“We are preparing for the worst while hoping for the best,” said Steve Segin of the Rocky Mountain fire-incident team. “We just have to hope Mother Nature gives us a break.”

Hot, dry and windy conditions that fueled two fires on Saturday are expected to continue into Sunday. At least seven wildfires are now burning across Colorado. Officials are facing the most challenging and severe wildfire season.

Fire managers use the “Haines Index” that takes into account temperatures and moisture content to determine the fire potential on a scale of 1 to 6, with 6 being the worst possible conditions for large fire growth.  Saturday and Sunday were at a “Super 6” Segin said.  “We have got a couple of critical fire days ahead.  It is going to be very active. We haven’t had a fire season this bad since certainly 2002.”

Rev. David Hunting, the Manitou Springs fire department’s chaplain and public information officer said, “We’re looking around 10, 11 o’clock in the morning. The temperatures are going to start going up, the humidity is going to start going down. That’s when fires can change their behavior dramatically.”

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According to the city of Colorado Springs:

— All residents west of 30th Street from Gateway, near Garden of the Gods park, north to Centennial Boulevard, and the Mountain Shadows neighborhood from Centennial to Chuck Wagon Road.
— Cedar Heights, a gated community west of the Garden of the Gods.
— Rampart Range Road

There are no evacuation orders in place at this time for Mountain Shadows other than those for south of Chuck Wagon Road, the city said.

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Approximately 1,050 homes have been evacuated.

Red Cross shelters for evacuees are at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road and Woodland Park High School, 151 N. Baldwin St.

Large animals can be brought to the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande Street off of 8th Street.

A call center has been established to answer any non-emergency questions regarding the Waldo Canyon Fire. That number is 719-955-0742.

If you are forced to evacuate from a mandatory evacuation area, save your receipts from food and lodging because many homeowner insurance policies cover these costs, Henry said. Insurance policies typically cover expenses only for those who are ordered to leave their home.

Investigators are determining whether the fire started in a cabin before spreading or started as a wildfire before moving toward the homes.


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1 Comment on "Waldo Canyon Fire Continues to Burn: Pikes Peak Closed [Video]"

  1. Thanks for the live feed….I live in WI and my sister lives in Chipita Park. I’ve never seen anything like these fires and I can’t believe what those people are going through. She and her family have evacuated to CO Springs and will hopefully have a home to go back to! Thank you for letting us see what this looks like for all of you!
    Good Luck and Prayers!!

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