Colorado fires: Day 8: Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs kills 2, destroys 346 homes

9:18 AM, Jul 1, 2012   |    comments
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El Paso County opened a Disaster Recovery Center Saturday at 105 N. Spruce. Hours are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. More than 400 people went through the center on Saturday. The center will be open from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on July 4. 

Some evacuees who live in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood will be able to enter their homes Sunday morning, July 1. They will need to show proof that they live in the neighborhood. Access will only be allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

There will be two check points for re-entry. Both will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and proof of residency will be required. Proof of residency can include a photo ID, lease, management contract, utility bill, etc. Residents must check in at their designated location.

The designated check in locations are as follows:

North Division (North of Chuckwagon Road / South of Wolfe Ranch and South of Flying W Ranch Road / West of Centennial Boulevard) will check in at Eagle View Middle School at 1325 Vindicator Drive.

South Division (South of Chuckwagon Road / North of 30th Street / West of Centennial Boulevard) will check in at the Verizon building (old MCI facility) at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road.

According to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, residents in Green Mountain Falls, Crystola and the Cascade area might be able to return to their homes for 4 to 5 hours on Sunday. The possibility is contingent on whether gas service can be restored first.

So far, 22 burglaries were reported in the evacuated areas.

Saturday, mandatory evacuations were lifted for Woodland Park. 

More Waldo Canyon Fire evacuees were allowed to return home Friday night.

The City of Colorado Springs lifted the evacuation area of Cedar Heights and the Rockrimmon neighborhood. 

Map of Areas Showing Lifting of Mandatory Evacuation Areas

The body of a second person was discovered in the Mountain Shadows subdivision, authorities announced Friday.

Colorado Springs police said the remains of both people were found in a home burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire.

The first body was discovered Thursday as crews began searching the homes destroyed by the fire. The second body was found Friday.

The names of the victims were not released.

On Sunday, residents will be allowed to tour the area by bus.

Waldo Canyon Fire Impacted Property List

Map of Impacted Properties

The City of Colorado Springs lifted evacuation orders in six neighborhoods. Those include:

  • Southeast area of Rockrimmon including Golden Hills and Tammaron subdivisions (southeast of Woodmen Rd./Rockrimmon Blvd. to S. Rockrimmon)
  • Pine Cliff
  • Kissing Camels (East of 30th street from Gateway Road to Garden of the Gods Road)
  • Holland Park
  • Pleasant Valley
  • The apartment complex at Garden of the Gods Rd. and 30th Street.

All other areas remain under mandatory evacuation:

  • Cedar Heights
  • West of 30th Street from Gateway Road to Centennial
  • Pinon Valley
  • Mountain Shadows
  • Perregrine
  • Rockrimmon (northwest of Woodmen Rd./Rockrimmon Blvd. and Vindicator)

Douglas County Emergency Services has provided a more detailed description of the pre-evacuation zones. To view the maps please visit www.douglas.co.us.

Waldo Canyon Fire officials announced Friday that 346 homes were lost on 34 city streets based on a preliminary assessment.

The City of Colorado Springs held a meeting Thursday night for evacuees who may have lost homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire. City officials called the meeting emotional as some residents learned their homes were destroyed.

The Red Cross is accepting monetary donations for those affected by the fire. Firefighters say they are very grateful that people are trying to help, but they cannot accept food from residents. If you want to support the firefighters, donate to the Red Cross or Goodwill.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The cost of the fire is estimated at $8.8 million.

The spread of the Waldo Canyon fire has forced the Postal Service to relocate postal operations for affected customers to pick up their mail. The decision impacts approximately 1130 Post Office Boxes and 850 street deliveries.

  • If you live in Green Mountain Falls, CO, 80819, mail pickup will be out of the Woodland Park, Tamarac Station, located at 900 Tamarac Parkway. Hours of service are 9-5. Questions can be directed to 719-686-0240.
  • If you live in Cascade, CO, 80809, mail pickup will be at the Colorado Springs, West End Retail Unit, located at 204 S 25th St 80904. Hours of service are 830-5:30. Questions can be directed to 719-570-5456.
  • If you live in the Colorado Springs, Cedar Heights area, ZIP 80904, mail pickup will be at the Colorado Springs West End Retail Unit located at 204 S 25th St 80904. Hours of service are 830-530. Questions can be directed to 719-570-5456.
  • If you live in the Rockrimmon area of West Centennial Blvd, South Chuckwagon Road, North 30th and Flying W Ranch Road Colorado Springs 80919, mail pickup will be at the Colorado Springs Rockrimmon Station , located at 5001 Centennial Blvd 80919. Hours of service are 730-530. Questions can be directed to 719-266-8216. 
  • Follow Twitter hashtag #WaldoCanyonFire
  • Follow @epcsheriff or @springsgov on Twitter
  • For information on evacuees who have registered at an Evacuation Center, call the Red Cross at 719-650-9132
  • To volunteer to help during this emergency, contact Pikes Peak United Way at 719-632-3563
  • To have your phone registered for evacuation notices, go to elpasoteller911.org
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