The City of Colorado Springs lifted the evacuation area of Cedar Heights and the Rockrimmon neighborhood.
Cedar Heights residents will be allowed back home at 9 p.m.
The city is going street by street to determine which area is safe for residents to return.
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
- 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 347 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.
Fire officials said Friday the 16,750-acre fire is 25 percent contained and crews made "significant progress." On Tuesday, it was only 6,200 acres.
The Waldo Canyon Fire forced more than 32,000 people out of their homes and destroyed structures on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, crews tried to prevent the fire from moving northeast and east.
The Waldo Canyon Fire burned several homes in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood.
The fire exploded after winds in excess of 65 mph fanned the flames Tuesday.
Gov. Hickenlooper joined Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach in a news conference Tuesday night.
"I don't think we've ever seen a wildfire like this in the history of Colorado," Hickenlooper said after flying over the fire late Tuesday.
Governor John Hickenlooper also issued the following statement earlier Tuesday night:
"An unprecedented weather pattern of hot days and dry conditions has made our fire season among the worst ever. Federal, state and local authorities are working together to address the situation and we are doing everything we can to protect lives and property. If there was an executive order for rain, we'd sign it immediately, but what we can do now is provide support and resources to communities that are most at risk."
Tuesday night, Incident Commander Rich Harvey said the Waldo Canyon Fire is a "firestorm of epic proportions."
Harvey says crews worked through Tuesday night to battle the blaze. There are more than 700 personnel fighting the fire.
The following are the areas under mandatory evacuation:
Pine Valley Housing on the Air Force Academy - All residents evacuated on Tuesday. Residents proceeded to the Fort Carson Special Events Center and were encouraged to bring as little baggage as possible.
Mountain Springs, Peregrine and Westwood - At approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, the fire progressed west to east in Division Y crossing Queens Canyon and established itself on the east aspect of the Front Range.
The city of Colorado Springs has a population of 416,000.
The evacuation order for Crystal Park subdivision was lifted and residents were allowed to return.
On Tuesday, the fire breached primary and secondary containment lines after heavy winds switched directions several times.
Evacuees urged to go to friends and family who live away from fires to free up space in shelters.
Interstate 25 opened back up Tuesday night. Earlier on Sunday, the Colorado Department of Transportation had closed the southbound lanes of I-25 at the Parkway exit to facilitate evacuees. However, the westbound exits of Woodmen, Nevada/Rockrimmon and Garden of the Gods Road are all closed.
The mandatory evacuation order remains for all of Cedar Heights, Mountain Shadows and Peregrine. Residents are asked to leave the area immediately and may not return home.
Residents are being notified by automated calls and by uniformed police officers advising them of the mandatory evacuation.
The Red Cross Shelter at the Cheyenne Mountain High School is open. Residents can bring small caged pets and companion animals (cats & dogs) with them to the shelter. The Penrose Equestrian Center is sheltering large animals.
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 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.
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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
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