The Waldo Canyon Fire has directly and indirectly affected thousands of Colorado Springs residents and businesses. While city officials continue to laud the response by the greater community, they’ve also come together with multiple agencies to form a new non-profit organization designed to help those who need it, and direct those who can help [...]

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Effective July 8, at 2:30pm, Colorado Springs Utilities in coordination with the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and the Colorado Spring Police Department, have lifted mandatory evacuations for additional homes that are currently in the mandatory evacuation area. Due to water damage and gas service issues, two of the homes on Harbor Pine Street [...]

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Effective July 7, at 5:00 PM, Colorado Springs Utilities in coordination with the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and the Colorado Spring Police Department has lifted mandatory evacuations for 20 additional homes that are currently in the mandatory evacuation area.

Mountain Shadows residents who reside on the following streets may return home today, July [...]

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Text of the Press Release:

With the Waldo Canyon Fire nearly 100% contained, it is important for residents to be vigilant regarding post-fire flash flooding. The burn area is our watershed, with steep canyons that drain into Fountain Creek. With a good percentage of the vegetation in that area gone and charred debris left behind, [...]

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Colorado Springs Utilities, the Police Department, and Office of Emergency Management are lifting mandatory evacuations for 76 homes on the following streets: Wilson Rd, Jenner Ct, Brogans Bluff Dr., Karamy Ct., Tamora Way, and Ravina Court.

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From the US Postal Service:

Solutions for your mail if your home has been impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire
ALL MAIL OPERATIONS RETURN TO NORMAL

Colorado Springs – Currently, all retail operations and postal delivery routes have resumed to areas affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. All mail that was being held at [...]

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Via The Climate Desk | PBS
By James West and Tim McDonnell
July 5, 2012

Hani Ahmad expected to return. Instead, the Waldo Canyon Fire reduced his home of two decades to a hole in the ground. The only recognizable remnant was a melted hunk of stove. While [...]

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A benefit concert held Wednesday night raised more than $288,000 for the Waldo Canyon Victims Assistance Fund, managed by the Pikes Peak United Way. As of late last night, the fire was 95% contained, and the number of personnel fighting the blaze dropped to just over 400. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has this recap of where [...]

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An anonymous donor has offered $50,000 to Crime Stoppers for information relating to those responsible for victimizing evacuees’ homes and cars following the onset of the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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Residents of an additional 126 homes can now return after Colorado Springs Utilities, the Police Department, and Office of Emergency Management lifted mandatory evacuation notices as of 5:00. The number of firefighters battling the Waldo Canyon Fire began dropping yesterday, and what was once more than 1500 personnel fighting the blaze is now [...]

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Mandatory evacuations are being lifted for more homes today at 5, including homes on Alabaster Way, Flying W Ranch Road, Linger Way, and Scepter Way. Click for a full list inside this post. Colorado Springs Utilities continues to work to test and repair the gas lines in the remaining evacuated areas. Once considered safe, the mandatory evacuation orders will be lifted for the remaining homes.

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The Waldo Canyon Fire is at 95% containment; the 10% that remains is up around Blodgett Peak, in very rugged county. They’re still battling it and are keeping eyes on it. The only movement on the fire comes in the interior islands, which are losing heat. The Joint Information Center closed yesterday. For fire information, people can call the ICP at 719-328-4333 and 719-328-4334. For information about city evacuations and utilities, call 719-955-0742 or visit springsgov.com. As to the investigation, a point of origin has been located, but cause is not yet determined.

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The recent Waldo Canyon Fire on the Pike National Forest has changed the watersheds within the burned area and increased the potential for flooding and mudflows that could impact several communities adjacent to and downstream from the Forest.

. Although mudflows can be a frequent occurrence after a wildfire, the effects of the Waldo Canyon [...]

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More residents of the Mountain Shadows community are now allowed back into their homes. Colorado Springs Utilities, the Police Department and Office of Emergency Management have reopened streets including Ashton Park Place, Chambrey Court, Darien Way, and Rossmere Street between Ashton Park Place and Courtney Drive as of 5:00. A full list is [...]

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On July 4th at 5:00 PM, Colorado Springs Utilities in coordination with the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and the Colorado Spring Police Department will lift mandatory evacuations for 256 home that are currently in the mandatory evacuation area.

All Mountain Shadows residents who reside on the following streets (map available on www.springsgov.com [...]

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90% containment.

Additional evacuated streets are opening today at 5PM. Included in these are homes on Ashton Park Place, Chambrey Court, Charing Court, Darien Way, and Rossmere Street between Ashton Park Place and Courtney Drive. Please click on the post for a full list of streets. Reminder: There is a burn ban in effect city and county wide. Absolutely no fireworks. Charcoal grills are also banned under this notice.

The Waldo Canyon Fire is 90% contained, with an acreage of 18,247. Personnel has dropped from 1500+ to nearly 800 as crews begin transitioning out. Firefighters came from 34 different states and as far as Hawaii, South Carolina, and New Jersey. Five minor injuries to firefighters have occurred. The cost to fight the fire to date is $13.6 million. The cause remains under investigation. Fire bans are in effect, which means fireworks and charcoal grills are not allowed.

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The concert will begin at 7pm and run until 9pm. If you would like to view the concert, it is being simulcast on most local TV, including Rocky Mountain PBS, and some radio stations, including KRCC and KCME 88.7. The concert will preempt The Grassroots Revival. Carol’s Music Mix will start at 9pm, after the concert.

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IMPORTANT MEETING REGARDING POST-FIRE FLOOD HAZARDS

On Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., a community meeting will be held at Centennial Hall located at 200 South Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs, to address the growing concern of post-fire flash flooding.

Anyone who has been affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire and those who live [...]

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The Waldo Canyon Fire is 70% contained. This morning, Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown said that number is higher for the city.

I’m pleased to announce this morning that the city of Colorado Springs boundaries as they relate to the Waldo Canyon Fire are 100% contained, it’s great news. I also want to [...]

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Residents of more than 300 homes located south of Champagne Dr. and north of 30th in Colorado Springs are able to return after 6:00 this evening. Homes will have water and electricity, but utilities officials say individual gas service will take a little more time to restore. A placard will be at the home [...]

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The Waldo Canyon Fire Joint Information Center will close permanently on July 4 at 5 p.m.

As efforts shift to recovery, the majority of calls coming into the Joint Information Center are best handled by the Disaster Recovery Center or Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 Information and Referral (719-955-0742), so the Joint Information Center phone [...]

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US Secretaries Tom Vilsack and Janet Napolitano visited Colorado Springs this morning. Here’s the audio.

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8:30AM 7/3/12: Residents of approximately 331 homes located south of Champagne Dr. and north of 30th St. will be able to safely return home as of 6 pm on Tuesday, July 3. Homes will have water and electricity, while individual gas service will take additional time to restore. For utilities questions, please see www.csu.org. Please [...]

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