Update: 6:30 PM. Containment at 80%. 18,247 acres.

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Along with dozens of other local, national and international journalists, we toured Mountain Shadows yesterday and got a firsthand look at the destruction that the Waldo Canyon Fire wreaked on its neighborhoods. What was most immediately apparent was how little the fire spared and how randomly it seemed to discriminate.

(Images by Noel [...]

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Sheriff Terry Maketa Elevates Fire Restrictions From Stage I to Stage II

Due to extremely high fire danger and the demand of fire fighting resources to battle the Waldo Canyon Fire, Sheriff Terry Maketa has elevated fire restrictions from Stage I to Stage II, effective immediately. This elevation primarily impacts campfire and smoking activities over [...]

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Sheriff Terry Maketa Orders Closure of Old Stage Road and Gold Camp Road

Fire danger remains extremely high with low relative humidity levels, unseasonably warm temperatures and an abundance of fire fuels. Fire fighting resources are spread thin due to the ongoing effort to fight the Waldo Canyon Fire.

For these reasons, Sheriff Terry [...]

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Residents of all homes on Eileen Ct., Centauri Rd., Boardwalk Dr., and Corporate Plaza Dr. may return today starting at noon. Residents of addresses 4510 through 4795 on Granby Cir. may also return home. These homes are all located north of 30th St. Full utilities, including gas, have been restored to all of these homes. [...]

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Outpouring of support by local organizations to help aid victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire.

As part of the massive neighbor-to-neighbor outreach to support Waldo Canyon Fire relief, a benefit concert will be held on Independence Day to support victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire and to recognize and honor the firefighters [...]

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Containment as of 6PM: 70%. The Red Cross has closed the YMCA Shelter. Cheyenne Mountain High School remains open.

Sheriff Terry Maketa Orders Closure of Old Stage Road and Gold Camp Road

Fire danger remains extremely high with low relative humidity levels, unseasonably warm temperatures and an abundance of fire fuels. Fire fighting resources are spread thin due to the ongoing effort to fight the Waldo Canyon Fire.

For these reasons, Sheriff Terry Maketa has ordered a road closure in the 2100 block of Old Stage Road effective at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. The closure effectively denies access to Gold Camp Road. To solidify the closure of the area, the Teller County Sheriff’s Office will close Gold Camp Road within their jurisdiction at Lazy S Ranch Road. The closure will remain in affect until further notice. For those with homes within the closure area, access into the area will be granted with proof of residency.

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The Waldo Canyon Fire continues to burn in areas near Colorado Springs. As of Sunday evening, the blaze was 55% contained, but burned nearly 18,000 acres, including almost 350 homes in the city, with two fatalities. Late last week, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin donned flame resistant clothing and a hard hat to join a media [...]

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One of our difficulties comprehending the magnitude of the Waldo Canyon Fire has been the often confusing distances and geographical features it covers. Even for many natives, trying to get a grasp of distances and relationships of areas like Cedar Heights to Queens Canyon and trying to fathom the terrain that the fire [...]

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The Waldo Canyon Fire covers nearly 18,000 acres, and so far has cost over $11 million to fight. A mandatory evacuation status remains in effect for Mountain Shadows from south of Wolfe Ranch Rd. and west of Flying W Ranch Rd. to 30th St., and for streets listed inside this post, east of Flying W Ranch Road.

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Initial Re-entry Day Visit for Mountain Shadows Evacuees Sunday, July 1

Residents of the Mountain Shadows area impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire will be allowed to drive into and visit their properties in their personal vehicles on Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ONLY RESIDENTS WHO LIVE WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF [...]

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Officials at today’s Woodland Park Fire Update meeting devoted a significant amount of time to questions concerning the necessity and expected duration of the mandatory evacuation orders currently in effect throughout the city. While some residents complained that the evacuation seems excessive given the success of fire containment efforts in recent days, city manager David [...]

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June 30, 2012 – 1:55 p.m.

Residents of the Mountain Shadows area impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire will be allowed to drive into and visit their properties in their personal vehicles on Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   ONLY RESIDENTS WHO LIVE WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF 30TH STREET ON THE SOUTH, CENTENNIAL [...]

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El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center to Open 9am Saturday June 30

Colorado Springs, CO, June 29, 2012 – El Paso County will open a Disaster Recovery Center designed to bring together the resources of multiple non-profit and governmental agencies offering assistance to all El Paso County residents impacted by the Waldo Canyon fire. The [...]

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As of 4pm Saturday, officials consider the Waldo Canyon Fire at 45% contained, and a touch more than 17,000 acres burned. Highway 24 remains closed, and mandatory evacuations remain in place for multiple communities. Note that any changes in mandatory evacuations are downgrades, and residents should exercise caution and remain prepared. The El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center is now open, and that’s located at 105 North Spruce Street.

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Colorado wildfire destroys hundreds of homes
11:06 AM, June 29, 2012

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Andrea Chalfin: News director at KRCC in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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By P. SOLOMON BANDA and THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Springs officials said Thursday that hundreds of homes have been destroyed by a [...]

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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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It’s been an emotional week for the area, and especially for residents directly affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire. Those who live in the evacuated areas in Colorado Springs have been anxiously awaiting word of their homes, many of which burned earlier in the week. As KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, on Thursday, fire officials were [...]

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Fire crews are continuing the battle against the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire. And it’s a painful day for many Colorado Springs residents, who are coming to terms with no longer having a home. President Obama visited one charred neighborhood today. Although no homes have been lost in Teller County along the western flank of [...]

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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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KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin on KPCC in California and Minnesota Public Radio: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/06/28/27175/colorado-fire/

and:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/29/daily-circuit-colorado-wildfires/

Official City map of the new Evacuation downgrades is available at the Colorado Springs website, here. (.pdf file).

Press briefing: 8PM

Evac lifts downgraded to pre-evacuation status as of 9pm:

Cedar Heights – [...]

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After tonight’s meeting with homeowners affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, officials held a short press briefing announcing a fatality. Here is the audio of that press briefing.

Transcript of the brief:

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

(First comments missing from transcript; feed cut off; we’ll have audio later tonight at www.krcc.org)…Work that’s being [...]

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