Waldo Canyon Fire Update - 9:15 p.m. MT
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Joint Information Center
Waldo Canyon Fire Update – 9:15 p.m. MT
- US 24 westbound starting at 31st St. and eastbound at the El Paso/Teller County Line (Crystola area).
- Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Garden of the Gods Park, Palmer Park, Cheyenne Canon Park, Pikes Peak Highway and High Drive are CLOSED. Please avoid gathering outdoors to watch fire activity and instead follow news through local media outlets.
- Memorial Outpatient Rehab in Woodland Park will be closed tomorrow.
MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS:
- Farish and Carrol Lake areas off Rampart Range Rd.
- Cedar Heights Subdivision and Mountain Shadows south of Chuck Wagon Rd. Boundaries are Rampart Range Road to the west and everything west of 30thand Centennial from Gateway Road north to Chuck Wagon.
- Cascade, Chipita Park and Green Mountain Falls.
- The evacuation order for Manitou Springs was lifted at 8 p.m. on Sunday. This does not include Crystal Park in unincorporated El Paso County.
- At the height of evacuations, approximately 13,542 residences were threatened. No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.
If you are evacuated, do NOT turn off your gas. This is per Colorado Springs Utilities which will do mass shut offs if necessary.
Black Hills Energy has shut down gas to Cascade as a precaution (CORRECTED: not Green Mountain Falls).
- Pre-evacuation orders issued by Teller County for Woodland Park - East of Safeway, north of Safeway to Rampart Range Rd. and west to Edlowe Rd.). Pre-evacuation means prepare to evacuate by getting important documents and medications together and stay tuned to local media for info.
To register a phone number (mobile or land) for reverse 911, go to www.elpasoteller911.orgor call (719) 785-1900.
- Red Cross shelter for residents evacuated is located at Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road) and Summit Elementary School in Divide at 490 Meadow Park (moved from Woodland Park High School). To check if family is registered at a shelter, call Red Cross at (719) 785-2724 or check www.redcross.org/safeandwell. There is no phone number to call and talk to anyone staying at a shelter. Evacuees can register their status at www.redcross.org/safeandwell so friends and families can check status.
- Animal Shelters list at http://www.springsgov.com/units/communications/Animal%20shelter%20list.pdf. Humane Society is now FULL. Cheyenne Mountain HS shelter can no longer take small animals with evacuees sheltering there. Please refer to the list above for other options.
- Rocky Mountain Health Care Services is offering a shelter option and can take small pets with evacuees. 310 S. 14thStreet. 719-641-2747
- Large animal shelter at Penrose Equestrian Center - (719) 520-7773 and at Teller County Fairgrounds in Cripple Creek.
Citizens wanting to help can make monetary donations on www.RedCross.org. Goods cannot be accepted at this time. Monetary donations will stay in this community. Volunteers can also sign up through redcross.org and will be contacted as needed. United Way cannot currently accept any more volunteer offers in order to leave phone lines open for those needing help. No additional volunteers needed at this time at the Penrose Equestrian Center.
Please DO NOT drop off goods at the fire command post. We do not have the capacity to accept donations there. Please visit www.RedCross.orgto donate or volunteer for the Pikes Peak Chapter.
Care & Share (2605 Preamble Pt.) is now accepting donations of non-perishable food items from 7 a.m.-6p.m. Mon – Fri.
For non-emergency needs and service referrals, call Pikes Peak United Way at (719) 955-0742. Due to call volume, you may need to leave a message.
Next media briefing scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday at Coronado High School.
A Community Meeting will take place on Monday at 7 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Rd.).
Colorado Springs Informal and Formal City Council meetings on Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 have been cancelled. A special meeting will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 for one agenda item: Memorial Hospital.
Size: 3600 acres and growing with 0% containment. Fire personnel focusing on infrastructure protection and containing the fire on the north side of Highway 24.
No structures lost or immediately threatened. Approximately 450 personnel activated from multiple agencies with more on the way.
Incident is currently under Unified Command with US Forest Service, El Paso County and City of Colorado Springs. Cooperating agencies include: El Paso County Sheriff, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, El Paso County, CSFD, CSPD, Colorado Springs Utilities, Green Mountain Fire Department, Cascade Fire Department, Manitou Springs Fire Department and Colorado State Forest Service.
A Type I Incident Management Team has arrived and transition of command has taken place.
Fire engines will be staged in evacuated subdivisions for structure protection. CSPD and EPC Sheriff's Office are also in these areas for security and to staff closure points. Please respect all barricades and closures for your safety and safety of first responders.