Patt Morrison for June 28, 2012

Living in fire country
Patt Morrison

When most people think of Colorado, they think of winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. So how can so much of the state be on fire? Actually, much of the state’s ecosystem is high desert, and it’s been a dry year. Combine [...]

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The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Communications Center is inundated with calls from residents interested in learning when they can return to their homes. These calls are significantly impacting our ability to assist those needing immediate attention as our call takers do NOT have that information available to them. Kindly remind your viewers and listeners that [...]

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Waldo Canyon Fire Update

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2012, 9 a.m.

Public Information: www.inciweb.org

720-520-7058, 720- 520-7059, 720-202-4510, 720-402-7935 ,720-237-3417, 720-202-8521

(Joint Information Center Open Daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

 

Fire Facts:

Date started: June 23, 2012 Number of Personnel: 1,118 Location: West of Colorado Springs Crews:  33 Size:  16,750 acres (reduction [...]

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DENVER ­— Thursday, June 28, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced this evening that Colorado’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration has been received, reviewed and accepted by the White House.

“This evening we learned from the White House that our disaster declaration request has been accepted. We appreciate the quick review and response,” [...]

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Residents in these neighborhoods can return home at 8 p.m.

Southeast area of Rockrimmon including Golden Hills and Tammaron subdivisions (southeast of Woodmen Rd./Rockrimmon Blvd. to S. Rockrimmon)
Pine Cliff
Kissing Camels (East of 30th street from Gateway Road to Garden of the Gods Road)
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A meeting ONLY for residents of the streets below will be held tonight to inform them of the status of their homes.

Tonight, 8 p.m., Gallogly Events Center, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

6 p.m. Busses depart shelters

6 p.m. Check-in opens

8 p.m. Residents meeting begins

9 p.m. Press conference at media staging area [...]

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LIVE UPDATE – WALDO CANYON FIRE – TODAY, THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 11:30AM
CITY MANAGER, DAVID BUTTERY WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON
WALDO CANYON FIRE SITUATION IN WOODLAND PARK
CLICK HERE TO WATCH OR TUNE INTO CABLE CHANNEL 10

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Press briefing, 10:30pm, UCCS, Colorado Springs

(First comments missing from transcript; feed cut off; we’ll have audio later tonight at this link)…Work that’s being done on their behalf. I just want to review again a couple of things. We’re going to partner with El Paso county and open a recovery center [...]

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rider Alert – Due to the Waldo Canyon Fire emergency, Mountain Metropolitan Transit bus routes 3, 14, and 16 will not operate on Thursday June 28, 2012. Metro Mobility will not operate in the area west of Interstate 25 and North of US 24. FREX will not operate until further notice. [...]

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Colorado State University-Pueblo is providing emergency shelter for its employees and Colorado Springs residents who have been evacuated from their homes. It will open its Greenhorn Residence Hall beginning tomorrow, June 28 at 7 a.m. until Thursday, July 5 at
4 p.m.
There will be approximately 200 beds available. Those needing housing [...]

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Devotchka, Thursday, June 28th, show has been canceled. There will be a make-up concert in the Fall. We will honor tickets purchased for this show in the Fall. Stay tuned to KRCC or krcc.org for information about refunds, for those seeking one. Call the station for more information: 719-473-4801 / 800-748-2727.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Colorado Springs Police Department is advising residents within these boundaries to prepare for evacuation. There is NOT an evacuation order at this time. This is notification to prepare. Residents will be notified should a mandatory evacuation become necessary.

Pre-evacuation boundaries

Pleasant Valley

Gateway Road to the north, heading east to [...]

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The following programs and sites will be closed today due to poor air quality:

Julie Penrose Fountain
Uncle Wilbur Fountain
Deerfield Hills Community Center Sprayground
Young Starz Camp
Park and Rec Cheerleading Camp
All City Park and Rec Softball/T-Ball/Baseball games for today.

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Colorado Springs – The spread of the Waldo Canyon fire has forced the Postal Service to relocate postal operations for affected customers to pick up their mail.

NEW: If you receive mail at the Air Force Academy, 80840, your mail will be available for pickup at Briargate Station, 8585 Criterion Dr. Hours of service are [...]

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Update: 10:02 PM

For Woodland Park area evacuation information, please CLICK HERE.

Update: 9:30 PM.

Latest Waldo Canyon Fire numbers: 18,500 acres; 5% containment; 1000 personnel; 500 Sheriff/PD; 27 crews; 73 engines; 3 water tenders; 0 injuries

Update 5:30pm, Summary of Press Briefing @4pm

Audio and photos from the press [...]

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo., – Academy officials have directed a base closure for normal operations for Wednesday. Only mission essential personnel and personnel in direct support of cadet activities such as in-processing and student academics should plan to report for duty. Contact your chain of command for specific reporting instructions.

In addition, the Air [...]

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The Evacuation Point at Springs Church in the former Phil Long Expo Center is CLOSING. Those needing shelter should report to one of the following Red Cross Shelters:

Lewis Palmer High School (1300 Higby, Monument, CO)
Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road)
Southeast YMCA (2190 Jet Wing Drive)

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Mandatory evacuation order has been issued for:

The Kissing Camels area, including south of Garden of the Gods Road, west of Centennial Blvd, east of 30th Street, north of Fillmore St. and Fontmore Road.
Residents are asked to leave the area immediately and may not return home. If residents choose not to comply with [...]

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Colorado Springs, CO- Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has set up a second emergency small animal evacuation shelter at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center located at 3650 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO, 80909. This second site is will help accommodate animals of evacuees in the new mandatory evacuation areas.

The Freedom [...]

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I-25 Southbound is closed at Interquest Parkway. No southbound traffic is being allowed on I-25 at Interquest, Briargate Parkway and Academy Blvd. All southbound ramps are open from Woodmen Road south. All of northbound I-25 remains open.

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A second Red Cross Shelter has been set up at the YMCA on 2190 Jetwing Drive. The Red Cross Shelter at Cheyenne Mountain High School is still accepting pets with evacuees. Evacuees that want to take pets should go to Cheyenne Mountain High School.

The Humane Society has set up an animal shelter at [...]

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