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Updated: 6:40 PM.
The Waldo Canyon Fire is 90% contained, with 776 personnel continuing to work on the fire.
Updated: 1:50 PM
Additional evacuated streets are opening today at 5PM.
On July 4th 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 256 homes that are currently in the mandatory evacuation area.
All Mountain Shadows residents who reside on the following streets (map available on www.springsgov.com by 2:15 p.m.) may return home today, July 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM:.
· Ashton Park Place
· Chambrey Court
· Charing Curt
· Chase Point Circle
· Darien Way
· Green Valley Heights
· Huffman Court
· Kirby Court
· Regal View Court
· Regal View Road
· Rossmere Street between Ashton Park Place and Courtney Drive (2305-2395)
· Twin Harbor Heights
· Vanreen Drive
· Vantage Ridge Court
· Vantage Vista Drive
· Via Verona View
· Wilson Road between Champagne Drive and Flying W Ranch Road
· Wolf Ranch Road
The area still has considerable risk, with certain areas considered unsafe. Residents are advised to prepare for flash flooding in burn areas by staying alert to flash flood watches and warnings and avoiding low-lying areas and places that are known to flood. Residents should not cross streaming water.
Residents of the remaining evacuated areas will have access to the area on Thursday, July 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the primary purpose of allowing insurance representatives to assess property. It is important that the area is cleared by 4 p.m. to allow Colorado Springs Utilities crews to resume working on the gas system. Residents and insurance personnel should check in with identification at the Verizon building (old MCI facility) at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road.
§ The Joint Information Center will permanently close today at 5 p.m. For fire-related information and services, call the Disaster Recovery Center at 444-8300 (M-F, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.) or Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 Information & Referral to access services for non-emergency needs at (719) 955-0742 (24 hours a day, 7 days week).
§ The El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center is providing access to services such as health, regional building, grief counseling, insurance, etc. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at 105 N. Spruce Street.
The Waldo Canyon Fire is 80% contained, with an acreage of 18,247. Personnel has dropped from 1500+ to nearly 1300 as crews begin transitioning out. Firefighters came from 34 different states and as far as Hawaii, South Carolina, and New Jersey. Five minor injuries have occurred. The cost to fight the fire to date is $13.6 million. The cause remains under investigation.
There is a flash flood watch for areas across the Waldo Canyon burn scar and downstream areas, effective from noon through evening. This includes but is not limited to Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City. Camp Creek also runs through the entire burn scar region.
Burn bans remain in effect city and county wide, including fireworks and charcoal grills.
There is a community meeting tomorrow (Thursday) to address flood-related hazards.
The Joint Information Center (JIC) is set to close this afternoon.
Residents still evacuated can access properties with insurance agents tomorrow (Thursday).
The El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center remains open until 1 today and normal hours tomorrow.