Waldo Canyon Fire (Colorado Springs)

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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby timstich » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:31 am

Jim Davies wrote:There's now an inciweb page for the fire:

The page it getting too many hits right now to load unfortunately.

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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby Jim Davies » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:32 am

There's a very active Twitter tag also:
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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby tmathews » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:35 am

KRDO is saying that the State Patrol might be reporting that the fire has crossed Hwy 24. Also -- reported pre-evacs for areas south of Woodland Park, west of Edlowe Rd. :shock:

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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby Tommy Dorr » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:40 am

Hwy 24 is now closed both ways. From 31st to Crystola.

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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby peter303 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:44 am

The radio said the past few days there have been over a dozen fires near Highway 24. Some think it might be an arsonist. All of the earlier fires were controlled quickly.

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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby Palmyra J » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:49 am

Sorry guys. You in the area please stay safe and keep us posted.

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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby Tommy Dorr » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:59 am

With today looking to be a record high and humidity in the single digits, we might get a thermal effect that can shoot ambers a 1/4 mile. This afternoon might get really bad.

If you haven't already, you may want to call any of your friends in the area and open your home to them. Offer to babysit (or petsit), take them to dinner, buy em a drink or whatever. Perhaps you may even be so bold as to offer the same to a stranger at one of the many shelters. You might make a life long friend.


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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby Fisching » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:46 pm

This page also has a lot of updates & helpful links:
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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby Tommy Dorr » Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:27 pm

Nice. Thanks Gregory!!

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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby Gueza » Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:12 pm

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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby MUni Rider » Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:44 pm

The best map of the fire perimeter i have found so far: hit the link below, on the right, locate the "incident perimeter" heading with a link below that currently reads: Fire Perimeter 06-23-2012

it will open up a file in Google Earth that shows the current fire perimeter.

As of yesterday, according to the map and one other I have seen, only some northern portions of the Waldo Canyon trail loop was burned, but this data map is built off of yesterday's information, so that will most likely change as time passes.

Here is a map that better shows the trail.

I'm not suggesting that the trail is all that important when compared to peoples lives, homes and businesses affected, but so many of us are familier with the trail and it's location, that this helps to understand what is going on up there, and exactly where. You can make the page size % larger by holding your ctrl button and scroll up on your mouse wheel.

I Hope this helps someone.

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Re: Fire in Waldo Canyon

Postby colorado yooper » Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:45 pm

New fire north of Woodland Park at Rainbow Falls. 2 acres, they are sending air support to it and now it's getting windy up here. Yeesh...
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