Waldo Canyon Fire Update 7-4-12 Pm
Incident: Waldo Canyon Fire Wildfire
Waldo Canyon Fire Update
For Immediate Release: July 4, 2012, 10 p.m.
Public Information: www.inciweb.org
(719) 328‐4333 or (719) 328‐4334
Date started: June 23, 2012
Number of Personnel: 776
Location: West of Colorado Springs
Size: 18,247 acres
Percent Contained: 90%
Estimated Containment: 7/6/12
Water Tenders: 12
Cause: Under investigation
Helicopters: 2 Type 1, 1 Type 2 and 1 Type 3
Structures threatened: 0
Injuries to Date: 5
Cost to Date: $14,537,514
Structures lost 347
This will be the last evening update for the Waldo Canyon Fire unless significant events occur.
Do you have video clips or cellphone footage of the Waldo Canyon Fire Incident Commander, Rich Harvey, asks anyone with footage of the fire to contact the team. Our videographer is especially looking for footage from June 26, when the fire grew rapidly. Drop a CD or DVD off with Security at the Incident Command Post entrance at Holmes Middle School, 2455 Mesa Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Or e-mail a link or clip to email@example.com. Or call 719-328-4334.
Firefighters were welcomed back to fire camp tonight by several hundred members of the Colorado Springs community, who cheered and waved signs at the entrance to thank them for their efforts in suppressing the Waldo Canyon Fire and to celebrate Independence Day.
On the fire today, interior islands continued to smolder and produce small amounts of smoke. Most of the smoke in the area traveled down from other fires burning to the north in Wyoming. Fire line rehabilitation and seeding was completed on all portions of the fire, with the exception of the northeastern corner near the Air Force Academy, which will be completed tomorrow. Replacement of damaged power poles on the western perimeter of the fire has begun. No perimeter growth is expected on the fire.
Wetting rains are expected over the fire area by Friday. Rain will bring the threat of flash flooding. With the increased containment and expected wet weather, a large number of fire resources have been released for assignments on other fires burning in the nation.
Evacuations and Closures