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Gregg Goodland, Fire Officer, Royal Gorge Fire:
The Royal Gorge Fire is 3000 acres in size.
They currently have 20% containment and they are confident that the fire lines will hold.
20 structures have been lost, though all at the Royal Gorge Park and no private residences.
The Royal Gorge Bridge is intact.
There are red flag warnings for this area today and tomorrow. There will be gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels tomorrow.
They’ve received excellent cooperation from the Cañon City Fire Department, Cañon City, the State of Colorado and the Bureau of Land Management.
A Type Two team will take over fire management operations tomorrow at 6 a.m. They will help to arrange a community meeting tomorrow.
We are confident in the Type Two team. As of noon tomorrow, there will be level one fire restrictions. For more information: http://www.fremontco.com or by calling 719-276-5555.
Fremont County residents: be patient… not knowing what is going on is a problem, but know that you are protected.
More information about highway 50 is on the way. We are working with livestock owners to help.
Debbie Bower, Fremont County Commissioner:
Commissioners are working to help.
1.) They are working on a disaster declaration for the area.
2.) They are happy to see that the bridge is still standing. However, they are aware that 200 people have been displaced from their jobs. They are seeking disaster funding for displaced workers.
Doug Dawson, Cañon City Administration:
The city of Cañon City is the owner of the bridge and park. Here is a list of areas destroyed and intact:
North side: Bighorn Lodge… intact.
Zip Line Bridge… intact.
Zip Line… intact.
Main gate… intact.
North side buildings… destroyed.
Incline building… gone.
Incline… severely damaged and requires inspections.
South side: Plaza theatre… intact.
Buffalo barn… intact.
Sky Coaster… intact.
Animals… well, fed, and cared for.
Aerial tram… destroyed.
Tram car… destroyed.
Cable… destroyed, dropped into the gorge.
Bridge… 32 planks destroyed, otherwise in good condition.
City council will be moving forward with plans for upgrades. It is unknown when the park will re-open.
There is no exact containment area. The southeast section area is contained. The fire is still at high risk of breaking the lines.
There is no estimate on the cost of the fire. The Type Two team will have more information.
For the people of Cañon City, please monitor the incident website. Be prepared and compliant with requests. (No website cited.) There are aircraft assigned to the incident.
There are over 200 firefighters in the area, working the fire.
20 structures have been destroyed. All structures are at the Royal Gorge Park, none are homes.