Why are we reporting on this when there are so many other fires happening in the country? Well, we are kind of based out of Colorado Springs and this is kind of a big deal here like it would be in any other city. I’m going to keep everyone updated with everything going on and may live-blog it tomorrow. Email me details and photos to kelly[at]flesheatingzipper[dot]com.
Fire Location: Colorado Springs, Behind the AFA, Waldo Canyon, West Side of El Paso County
How it Started: Unknown
When did it Start: About 11:00 am on June 23, 2012
Size of the Fire: 6,200+ Acres as of June 26, 2012, 9:30 pm
Homes Evacuated: 3,000 homes, 32,000 people as of June 26, 2012, 8:45 pm
Number of Firefighters 850+
Non-Emergency Questions: 719-955-0742
Mandatory Evacuation Orders
- Kissing Camels
- United States Air Force Academy
- Rockrimmon Area
- The Cedar Heights subdivision.
- Gateway to 30th Street, 30th Street north to Centennial, Centennial north to Chuckwagon.
- Green Mountain Falls
- Chipita Park
- Cedar Heights Subdivision is the only location under mandatory evacuation.
- Garden of the Gods Park and Garden of the Gods Visitor Center are closed.
Where it’s Going
It’s estimated that a slight westward wind will blow smoke to the east over Colorado Springs. It’s cautioned that if you have respiratory problems to keep windows closed overnight.
How to Prepare
- Pick up brush around your house.
- Take a look at pages 53-58 for emergency kits here.
- Register for Reverse 911 here.
Where’s the Shelters
Red Cross has set up a shelter for people at Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road). Summit Elementary in Divide (Woodland Park Red Cross location is evacuated). If you have animals Norris-Penrose is taking large animals (horses) at 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd. Pikes Peak Humane Society is providing shelter for smaller animals at 610 Abbott Lane.
How You Can Help
Red Cross is taking cash donations only. United Way is accepting more than money, just call 211 if you are local or 719-955-0742.