Firefighters Gain Ground in Colorado Fire
Day six of the Waldo Canyon fire provided the best weather to date for firefighters. Containment has grown to 15 percent with 16,750 acres burned. Evacuees from the city of Colorado Springs were to learn this evening if their homes had been destroyed by what Mayor Steve Bach called “a firestorm of epic proportions”. A report from KRDO Radio quotes Bach as stating that 346 homes have been lost on 35 streets.
At the morning press conference, Mayor Bach called for increased mitigation efforts in the city west of I-25. He called the fire a “huge wakeup call” for residents living in dense vegetation. The city’s meeting with evacuees tonight is private but a list of the streets affected has been released.
Some of the evacuation orders have been lifted as of late evening. No new evacuation orders have been issued. Residents of Kissing Camels and Holland Park and lower Rockrimmon may return, according to the Denver Post.
To date, there have been no injuries or deaths that are fire related. The fire slowed yesterday, June 27, and allowed firefighters to build firelines on the west and north sides of the blaze. A spot fire north of Rampart Reservoir continues to burn. A ten acre blaze on the Air Force Academy grounds was extinguished. The east flank of the fire, upslope from Centennial Blvd. remains a concern.
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The 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been postponed. Fire conditions forced the U.S. Forest Service to cancel the July 8 event. The organizers are looking for a date later in the year to hold the event.
Table of contents for Waldo Canyon Fire
- Colorado wildfires threaten more homes
- Waldo Canyon Fire Burns into Colorado Springs
- Waldo Canyon Fire Information Resources
- Military Aids Waldo Canyon Fire Efforts
- Waldo Canyon Fire Forces Academy Moves
- Firefighters Gain Ground in Colorado Fire
- Colorado Springs Begins Fire Recovery
- Gains Made on Waldo Canyon Fire
- Academy firefighters recognized for Waldo Canyon Fire efforts
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