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Colorado Springs, PPCC Rampart Range Campus
Sheriff Terry Maketa:
The Type One incident commander is in place– Rich Harvey. He’s getting updates on the transition and situation.
The wind keeps shifting; it has moved the fire to the northeast and northwest. The fire is moving toward Elbert county.
Currently 8500 acres are involved and there are potentially another 3000 acres that could become involved, resulting in 11,000-12,000 acres affected.
9000-9500 citizens are affected by the fire. 3400 residences are in the fire area. 150 commercial structures and 200 out buildings.
Conditions are very dry and there is an extreme risk of the fire spreading.
487 firefighters are fighting this fire; 112 law enforcement officers are assisting.
The National Guard and Fort Carson have been very helpful in relieving law enforcement officers so they can assess damage and count homes affected by the fire.
28 local fire houses and 8 regional fire houses are involved in fighting the fire.
The Sheriff’s office feels that it is very important to get information out about people’s homes. You can see the link to damaged and destroyed homes here. Please be aware that this list is incomplete and constantly changing.
The Sheriff’s website is: http://rsg.epcsheriff.com/.
412 homes have been assessed; 92 are total losses; 315 are still standing; 5 are partial losses.
They are assessing neighborhoods and focusing on the security of these areas.
Areas affected: to Hwy 83 and Hodgen. Hwy 83 is closed.
Outer boundaries of the fire include Walker Road to the north, next to County Line Road, and then to the east Eastonville Road, next to Elbert County.
Multiple helicopters are involved, as well as fixed wing aircraft.
The fire is still very dangerous and changing rapidly.
People in the Gleneagle area should be prepared and ready to evacuate.
There is a voluntary evaucation alert for residents North of Old Ranch Road and East of I-25. This is precautionary. Be careful driving in this area; smoke can be thick.
Tommy Smith, CSFD:
Six units and one battalion chief have been activated for the fire and working alongside the county officers. They are stationed at the Flying Horse Ranch. The wind is strong and blowing toward the west, which is why they’ve decided to move ahead with the voluntary evacuation. His message is to be ready!
The city and county are working together!
East of 83 has been evacuated. West of 83 is on pre-evacuation notice.
He asked media to link to their website and not host due to the changing nature of the list of destroyed homes. (See above.) More will be known as time goes on.
Tomorrow they anticipate continued wind and more unpredictable conditions.
Rich Harvey will transition into Incident Commander at 6AM.
No injuries or fatalities have been reported. There is one missing person notice.
The fire appears to have begun near Shoup and Darr roads; they can’t speculate as to the cause.
Zero percent containment.
The Disaster Assistance Center on Garden of the Gods Road will open tomorrow from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. There will be reps from many orgs available, including insurance, the Better Business Bureau, House and Building Association, Utilities, El Paso County Bar, Care and Share, the Red Cross and mental health counselors.
Next update at 9 a.m.