No growth on the fire today, and it’s now 30% contained. Mop-up is underway.

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Homes with Highway 83 address that have direct access off Hwy 83 are now on pre-evacuation status. El Paso County Public Health is opening what it’s calling a Public Health Convenience Center for water testing kits, tetanus vaccinations, and public health information.

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U.S. 50 has reopened, and all evacuated residents are allowed home. Officials say those residents will remain on a pre-evacuation notice, pending fire conditions. The Royal Gorge Tourist Train can begin running again, once the railway determines they’re ready. River access on the closed sections of the Arkansas River will be re-evaluated on Friday. Containment of the fire is listed at 40%.

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The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is offering another round of free sandbags today to residents affected by potential flooding, starting at 5 PM.

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Colorado’s elected officials have issued statements regarding today’s school shooting in Connecticut. Click inside for statements from Governor Hickenlooper, as well as a statement from Colorado’s Congressional Delegation.

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This Saturday, sandbags will be distributed free of charge to residents who could be affected by flooding in aftermath of the Waldo Canyon fire. Click for the full press release.

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As cyclists prepare to race into Colorado Springs Friday, some road closures are already taking effect. Click on this post for information regarding road closures due to the USA Pro Challenge.

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Colorado Springs’ Office of Emergency Management is hosting a resident preparedness meeting Thursday evening, focusing on updated information and current flood related issues. Read more for the full press release.

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