Waldo Canyon Fire now most destructive Colorado fire on record

June 28, 2012COLORADOA fierce Colorado wildfire that has forced the evacuation of some 35,000 people while raging for six days at the edge of the state’s second-most populous city has destroyed 346 homes, Mayor Steve Bach said on Thursday, citing preliminary damage reports. If those figures hold up, the tally of lost homes in and around Colorado Springs would make the so-called Waldo Canyon Fire the state’s most destructive on record, surpassing the 257 homes consumed in recent weeks by a much larger blaze north of Denver near Fort Collins. While no deaths or serious injuries have been reported from the blaze so far, Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey said authorities were seeking the whereabouts of some people he described as “unaccounted for,” though he did not give a number. A police spokeswoman, Carrie McCuffland, said there were no specific reports from citizens of missing people, and that the unaccounted-for list consists of individuals who apparently neglected to register with the city or the American Red Cross as evacuees. “Every indication is that there are no casualties,” McCuffland told Reuters. Authorities earlier acknowledged the loss of hundreds of homes in Tuesday’s firestorm, but the damage toll released by the mayor at an afternoon news conference on Thursday gave the first firm picture of the full extent of the devastation. President Barack Obama plans to visit Colorado Springs on Friday to meet with firefighters and tour the ravaged zones. The grim news came as lighter winds helped firefighters battling to contain the inferno that had roared unchecked through residential neighborhoods in the northwestern corner of Colorado Springs and nibbled at the fringe of the U.S. Air Force Academy campus. The academy welcomed over 1,000 new cadets on Thursday, despite the fire, bringing them to a portion of the facility far from the smoke, base spokesman Harry Lundy said. For the first time since the blaze erupted on Saturday, a red-flag warning for heightened fire hazards was lifted for the Colorado Springs area. “We had a pretty good day on the line today. There was minimal fire growth,” incident commander Rich Harvey said. But anguish and frustration ran high among many of the estimated 35,000 residents who remained under evacuation orders. –Reuters
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8 Responses to Waldo Canyon Fire now most destructive Colorado fire on record

  1. The smoke and slurry is toxic. The cadets moved to a far corner of the Air Force academy are probably not far enough away from smoke to be free of it. This will weed some of them out in the first week they are there, probably. That orange stuff they bomb the fire with is toxic. They spread it all over roofs and say they saved homes, but the smoke and slurry toxins remain. Here in our Cerro Grande fire in Los Alamos, our condo was only partly destroyed by smoke and flood, but the toxins were so pervasive that my husband ( not chemically sensitive) could not even pick up a wool skirt of mine. We had to get rid of all fabric items, including mattresses, towels, sofas, lamp shades. Could not touch books, got rid of all of them except two Bibles from the “old country” placed in baggies, and one new book about Butte Montana which was a collectors item, also went into a baggie. If I read the books must wear gloves, then wash the gloves. You may think I exaggerate. Not. Never recovered from this. Then evacuated again last year. This year? Armageddon? (It’s clear here now but we are south of the Colorado Springs fire in northern New Mexico.)

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  2. Cris says:

    One person has died and at least 346 homes on 34 streets have been lost in the Waldo Canyon Fire, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach said Thursday. Less than 10 people are unaccounted for after the fire, officials said earlier, although they cautioned that the people simply may not have checked in at one of the many shelters.June 2012 will go down in the record books as the hottest ever for Denver – at least back to 1870 when official records started to be recorded.
    New Fire – A rapidly-growing wildfire in Eagle County has sparked pre-evacuation notices to 75 homes near Eagle.
    Thank you all for your prayers.. I think it helped with the small showers we had yesterday and today. Back in the 100’s this weekend. Still alot of scattered fires here.
    Keep the prayers up…. God Bless …..

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    • Dennis E. says:

      Cris: Dennis E. Here: Where are all the people who have had to leave staying and who is
      providing assistance for those who can’t?

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    • Flagirl says:

      What are you hearing about how the fires started? I’ve heard rumors of arson, but the media doesn’t mention a thing……

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  3. Thomas says:

    Man, it almost seems like a test run of Hell on Earth.

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  4. Cris says:

    I’ll try to answer. They are setting up a Disaster Recovery Center so they can talk to insurances and stuff like that- some are going to local schools Middle and High schools Red Cross shelters for evacuees are at Cheyenne Mountain High School, SE YMCA Family Center, and Lewis Palmer High School. Also have a middle school. Some are going to friends and families homes. On the news had Lowell’s give a lot and have an account set up for firefighters. Hope this answers some questions.
    Right now they don’t know how it started in Colorado Springs – they say not worried about it, last priority – fighting it is the 1st. Lots of the fires have been started by lighting here. Everyday there is a new one started, mostly by lighting – as we are so dry the rain doesn’t make it to the ground. But the lighting does. 2 started last night. Worried about today as we are over cast and have heard thunder alot. There are about a dozen fires going on in our state right now. I’ve lived here for 45 years and haven’t see anything like it.
    Thomas – It seems that way.
    God Bless and Thank you all.

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  5. Emanni says:

    NASA Observatory
    Heat Wave Fuels Wildfires in the Rockies

    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78394

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