Colorado Springs has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the following region:

Colorado Springs, Colo.—City officials have issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order effective immediately for the following area due to the Black Forest Fire.

Mandatory Evacuation Area A-1: Northern Boundary: North Gate and Old North Gate Road – Southern Boundary: Flying Horse Club Drive (to include homes south of Flying Horse Club Drive on Barossa Valley Road and Veneto Way)/Vine Cliff Heights/Equinox Drive/Serenity Peak Drive – Eastern Boundary: Highway 83 – Western Boundary: Voyager Parkway

Voluntary Evacuation Area A: West to I-25 and all areas north of Old Ranch Road within the City limits of Colorado Springs not included in Mandatory Evacuation Area A-1.

Media Notice: Office of Emergency Management Director Bret Waters, Police Chief Pete Carey, and Interim Fire Chief Tommy Smith will hold a 2 p.m. press conference at Pikes Peak Community College Rampart Campus.

A Mandatory Evacuation means that you are in immediate danger. Load your family and pets into your vehicle, and GO NOW. Once you have left the evacuation zone, you will not be allowed to re-enter until the danger has passed.

The Colorado Springs Police Department will continue to patrol the mandatory and voluntary evacuation zones to provide security for residents’ homes while they are out of the area.

Be sure to take essential items—medicine, special foods, personal items, baby supplies, clothing, money, and valuable papers – but do not overload your vehicle. Families are encouraged to take only one vehicle to avoid congesting the evacuation routes. Secure your home before you leave. Be sure to check on any neighbors who may need assistance. Consider texting to communicate with family members instead of phone calls as cellular service may be interrupted due to high call volumes. Don’t text and drive.

Residents with no means of transportation or who are physically unable to evacuate on their own, should ask a neighbor to assist them or call the following number: (719) 444-7000.

Human Shelters:
Residents who cannot stay with family or friends outside the evacuation area, go to one of the shelters listed below:
· Palmer Ridge High School- 19255 Monument Hill Rd, Monument

Small Animal Shelters:
· Powers Pet Emergency- Powers and Stetson Hills – Offering small animal assistance, medical & kennel. Ph (719) 473-0482
· Falcon Animal Hospital- Phone (719) 495-1457, is now accepting dogs and cats. Address: 860 Swing Line Road.
· Palmer Ridge High School 19255 Monument Hill Road Monument, CO 80132*
· Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region 610 Abbot Lane Colorado Springs, CO 80905

*If you are NOT staying with your pets at the Palmer Ridge High School shelter, you must bring your animals to Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region at 610 Abbot Lane. The Palmer Ridge High School shelter is set up for owners staying with their pets only.

Do not allow pet to run loose. If residents cannot make arrangements for your large animals the following places may be able to provide assistance:

Large Animal Shelters:
· Elbert County Fairgrounds (95 Ute Avenue, Kiowa, CO. 303-718-3343).
· El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan is now accepting evacuated large animals.

“BE READY!” If you are not in the current evacuation or pre-evacuation areas there is currently no immediate danger to your home, family, or business, but the fire is growing and may be moving toward you as weather and wind conditions change. Now is the time to get ready. Refine your evacuation plans, and gather the things you’ll need if you must evacuate.

It is imperative that all citizens stay away from all evacuated areas. Please do not stop in these areas for any reason as it can endanger evacuees and emergency personnel.
City Mandatory Evac Zone A-1 PDF

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