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Waldo Canyon Fire Update 6/28/12

on June 28, 2012

Waldo Canyon Fire Update
ImageFire Facts:
Date started: June 23, 2012
Number of Personnel: 1,008
Location: West of Colorado Springs
Crews: 27
Size: 18,500 acres
Engines: 73
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
Announcement:
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.
Today’s Events:
Firefighters were able to construct direct line in Sand Gulch from Hwy 24 towards Rampart Ridge Road last night. The fire grew little overnight due to favorable weather conditions. There was isolated torching of trees in the middle of the northwest portion of the fire where oak brush has not completely burned. On the south perimeter, firefighters were able to construct direct line to secure areas of fire.
Direct line construction will continue today on the south perimeter to secure this area. Firefighters will continue to construct direct line in the Sand Gulch area. Structure protection will continue along Hwy 24. To the northwest of this line construction, three locations have been identified as contingencies where firefighters would be able to burn off from, if necessary, to protect the community of Woodland Park. A structure protection group will continue preparation work on the east side of Woodland Park today. Crews will work to construct line from the spot fire north of Rampart Reservoir to the southeast to tie in with the main north flank of the fire.
On the East flank, the primary focus is on structure protection, improving existing line, fire control and mop-up. Firefighters will provide structure protection and initial attack along the eastern boundary of the fire. These activities and resources are being coordinated with the City of Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy. All resources assigned within Colorado Springs City limits are under the direction of the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Structure protection will continue at Eagle Lake Camp. Firefighters are securing and holding the line from Rampart Reservoir south to Rampart Range Road. Crews will continue structure protection in Cedar Heights subdivision and construct line from the quarry north to the castle.
Evacuations and Closures
Currently on mandatory evacuation:
Cascade, Chipita Park, Green Mountain Falls, Crystola
City of Colorado Springs
All areas north of Garden of the Gods Rd. between I-25 to the east all the way to the western City limits and north to the Air Force Academy.
Air Force Academy
Evacuated areas include all housing areas on the base except the airfield.
Teller County
Refer to http://www.co.teller.co.us
US 24
Closed between Cave of the Winds and El Paso/Teller County line.
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.
Currently on Voluntary Evacuation
Crystal Park, Manitou Springs

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