Skip to comments.Wildfire Burning West of Colorado Springs, CO
Posted on 06/23/2012 4:34:32 PM PDT by American Quilter
A new fire is burning at the western edge of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a few outlying communities have been evacuated and more are on voluntary-evacuation status. The wind is light and to the northeast. The fire is being called the Waldo Canyon fire since it's in or near Waldo Canyon; it is also being called the Pyramid fire. The fire started around noon today and is currently at 100-150 acres, with no containment. Temperatures here are in the high 90s with light winds and humidity in the single digits. The conditions are extremely bad with no relief in sight.
God bless our firefighters and may He have mercy on everyone who is in danger from the fires that are ravaging Colorado.
I’m so sorry to hear that, mountainlion. Do you live there?
I am just over 10 miles to each fire.
The High Park fire has burned to within three miles of Fort Collin, CO; I just spoke to Doug Hutchinson, the previous mayor, and he says the townspeople can see flames from their houses in town. Containment has dropped from 65% to 40% in the past 24 hours; the fire jumped the Poudre River last night.
May God bless you and keep you safe, mountainlion.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department says the Waldo Canyon fire has two or three “heads” to it and is therefore spreading in multiple directions. They estimate it is now burning 1,000 acres.
Thanks. I have where two old forest fires were between the fire and me so I am fairly safe from that fire. The one in Estes Park got several of the airplanes and the reserve fire fighters so I think it is contained.
wow. I recall a couple summertime weeks at Fort Carson for annual training, when it snowed.
That’s excellent news.
Teams that fought the Springer fire are now begin brought in to fight the Waldo Canyon fire; a management team from the High Park fire is also being brought in. Currently the fire is on state and federal lands, and no structures are being threatened. The fire is only a short distance from the northwest edge of town, but not yet threatening the outskirts, though some evacuations have been ordered.
Yes, that’s happened in the past, but right now it feels more like hell. I’m directly west of Fort Carson, five miles SW of the Colorado Springs city limit in a rural area. Lots of 60’ ponderosa pines all over here, and a percentage of them are dying from lack of water.
Praying for all in CO. We live in fire country in SoCal. Arson should carry the death penalty in all cases.
Channel 11 is providing excellent coverage of the fire.
The newscasters are being clear about the fact that no one yet knows what started this fire, but all agree that it wasn’t lightning. Whether accidental or deliberate, it was almost certainly started by a person.
my 86yo father in law is in the voluntary evac area by Garden of the Gods and refuses to leave.... It may be a long night. We are on the far southern suburbs of Denver near Castle Rock, but a long way to dash down if he gets in trouble.
Thank you, Argus.
One of my work friends is less than a mile from the fire. She is trying to figure out how to pack up her long arm! (That would be my biggest worry if I was ever evacuated - how to pack the fabric, sewing machines and long arm) quilting is an illness :)
I pray there’ll be no need for him to leave, Mom MD, and that you can get here if (God forbid) you need to. The newscasters are being cautiously optimistic about tonight, since winds are projected to be light and switching to the north, which may slow the fire’s advance somewhat. Other good news is that there’s no projection of wind coming from the west tonight, which would push the fire right into town.
My heart goes out to your friend, and I hope she’s able to pack everything—and then finds out it was all unnecessary!
That would be the best possible result for everyone. He is 86 and doesnt drive at night and VERY STUBBORN. I know where my husband gets it! He is probably ok but I wish he would give in and come stay with us overnight.
Hit 103 here in Denver today.
Worked as a fire fighter one summer in Florida. Most residential structures will catch fire from a vortex that gets created under the eaves or from the roof.
Best course of action is to evacuate. If you can place a sprinkler on top of your roof and on the fire side of the house, that may save the structure. I’ve seen it work before. Best to not have any flammables within minimum of 50 feet of the house. Soak the ground near the house 10 feet or so.
Most people worry about the fire and that is bad enough, but they forget about the smoke which is often the real killer. Without the right breathing masks, even if your “block” is not burned, the smoke can be bad enough to kill.
In a hot fire - not much survives. I’ve seen a crown fire move so fast that trees would first catch and then the fire was so hot that the water inside the tree would turn to steam and literately blow apart the tree.
If you can, get him out of there. Wild fire is nothing to mess with and by the time you realize you are in trouble, it is often too late.
Trust me after living in Colorado for 45 years I’m aware of what wildfires can do. We are about equally between the High Park fire in Ft collins and the new fire in Colo Spgs. My kids and I have been setting records for using our rescue inhalers for asthma. While it is highly unlikely the flames will reach his house, the smoke and general chaos can be as bad. In addition, if he were to have an unrelated medical emergency it would be very hard to get emergency care to him against all the fire traffic.
All who are near fires should evacuate even before being told they have to. That being said, what can you do with a stubborn 86 yo man? I can’t physically remove him and DH and I are working this weekend, so we cant go down and stay with him in case. I pray for all in harms way from the many fires.
The High Park fire has been tough. We drove up I-25 last week, nearly a week into the fire, and could see the fire from the interstate. They have contained the eastern side of the fire, for the most part, but with the extreme heat the last couple of days, the north & west lines were lost.
For over two weeks now, I have watched the plume of fire rolling east from the mountains.
I was really worried about the Estes Park fire today, but I think they have it under control. People reported that they rushed air support in for it, and with Estes Lake right there, they were able to contain it “faster.”
Another fire has started within the last hour—a “grass fire” in Cheyenne Canyon. This is also on the west side of Colorado Springs, but south of the Waldo Canyon fire. Fire crews already on the scene.
It seems highly unlikely that both of these fires started accidently on the same day.
My cousin lives in Green Mountain Falls and is preparing to evacuate.
I told my wife your comment. She said, "yeah, but we don't need no stinking' intervention."
That’s good news about the Estes Park fire.
Whether these fires are being set accidently or deliberately, I think this should be treated as a national emergency and firefighting crews and equipment brought in from all over the county.
Oh, great news—the Cheyenne Canyon fire has been put out. WHEW. If another one starts today, though, I think it will be hard to believe that it’s not arson.
Prayers up for your cousin.
Thanks for the humor on this scary day—I need it!
Listening to the scanner, commentary about all firefighters being fitted with gear so they can hike.
Breaking news on sidebar says the fire in Durango crossed a road.
The libs are screaming about global warming. They neglect the fact that the forests are too thick, and too thick with beetle kill trees, that they prevented being logged. They should have taken a bull dozer to some of these areas years ago.
In late 08 the entire crew left here to go and work for an outfit that was to do the fuel reduction for that. One of my old skidder Ops has been keeping me informed and said that there was NO WAY they could keep ahead of the beetle kill and that it was just a matter of time and the whole G Damm thing would go up in flames.
Well, its here.
Here in AZ we are running 24/7 trying to get things in order. Yet we still have them coming out and sabotaging idle equipment. We threatened to pull off the job by Flag because of this and the bullshit all stopped.
I feel for you, we lost damn near half the ranch last year due to fires, just over 12 sections.
Uh-Oh! This calls for a one hundred and first White House golf game.
Oh, man, I’m sorry to hear that.
Call on scanner again, neighbor calling in because neighbor is burning leaves & such. Now, I am not a fan of tattling, but who in their right mind would be out burning leaves in this area right now?
Yeah, 2008 was too late to start. They “debated” for far too long. We went through the west side of the Park in 2010 and the beetle kill on that side is devastating, whole mountain sides were grey. But, they were cutting down trees. I have always worried about a fire starting over there.
actually, the scary part is that these fires are not in the heart of the beetle kill.
Summit county and points NW should be very vigilant
Yes I recall about 70 degrees in the third week of August in Vail 1970. My first wife and I took an Amex mini vacation for our honeymoon. It was the mountain haus and we had 4 days and 3 nights for $75. It was cold enough at night to burn logs.We had a dinner plus a bottle of very good champagne on that deal. Where are those deals now? Seriously, I have friends there and pray for all.
I need an intervention. The only intervention I need though is MORE FABRIC!!!
I am a crocheter. Sigh, not enough time or yarn or patterns or ideas in the world.
Waldo Canyon is just west of Gardens of the Gods in Colorado Springs. My wife and I have hiked Waldo Canyon ... moderate hike with great views of Colorado Springs. We live on the western slope of the Colorado Rocky mountains now and fire hazard alerts are at their highest level ... the whole area is a tinderbox.
I hear that one. My day job keeps interfering with my quilting. Good thing God is the Author of our creativity. I look forward to spending a lot of time in eternity happily buried in fabric.
One can NEVER have too much fabric!!!
Praying for all of you...
Praying hard that the fire will still away from both of you. God Bless
Prayers for your father in law that he will be safe.
Oh that isn’t good.
Prayers for your cousin that the home will be saved.
I’m a Colorado resident also, on the SE plains. We’re seeing triple digit temps and haven’t had any rain in weeks, humidity is very low. Even the desert plants are wilted and drying.
I’m concerned for grass fires. I have family who’s property was endangered by the Ft. Collins fire. They were able to get some of it out.
The reason Fire departments and equipment was developed was to protect human life against nature’s fury. It doesn’t help matters when forests can’t be harvested.
I agree with the severe penalties for arsonists.
Are you well friend and your family and others around?
I am praying for you all that no pain should come to you and all.