Skip to comments.Colorado Springs Fires - 32,000 people have been evacuated
Posted on 06/26/2012 8:00:18 PM PDT by nuconvert
This is the Waldo Canyon fire. Winds grew to 65mph this afternoon and the fire went over the fire-breaks.
The Air Force Academy and surrounding neighborhood have been evacuated.
Interstare I-25 has been closed north of Colorado SPrings in order to allow local people use the highway to evacuate.
thanks for posting the photo..I didn’t know how to:0
He snapped this as they were leaving the house for the last time( evacuation).. they are a neat family small business folks who had an idea and it has been successful.
been through some hard times already for sure.i just hope there was time to get things/pictures that can’t be replaced. Am praying no lives will be lost.
if anyone wishes to google map the area, the fight is along flying w road and points north
nice for you to take them all in...
Updates here from the Co Springs Gazette: http://www.gazette.com/articles/fire-140851-highway-waldo.html
Fire map here: http://inciweb.org/incident/2929/
The main fire dropped embers quite a ways to the west and started spot fires in neighborhoods. Very dry conditions have made those spread into houses - now it seems to be self-sustaining.
Prayers for all.
I sure hope that neighborhood doesn’t burn. All I can think about is years of investment and work burning..and the family pictures..horrible. Glad you are safe.
Note that you list a bunch of “ologies” in your causes.
Note that an “ology” is a human field of study.
this reminds me of the history channel (?) “it could happen next” or something like that about a wild fire that takes out austin texas.
they just evacuated garden of the gods areas (the park had already been closed). this is surreal.
My prayers are with them! God Bless those local firefighters trying to make the last stand! So very sad! I grew up there :(
Green Mountain falls it a neat little place.
This is very bad.
The issues of causes will not stay ignored, but the fire fight must be the focus now. The wind from reports is still southeast and houses and structures along with large specimen trees standing exposed in neighborhoods are going to throw large embers higher than ground brush would.
The fight will go all night long. A wind shift or reduction is my hope and prayer. You guys in the Springs are going to have a bad morning I’m afraid.
If any of you saw the disaster epic, “2012” with John Cusack, you will remember a scene where, as they are approaching Hawaii to refuel, all they see is Hawaii on fire.
That is pretty much how north suburban Colorado Springs looks tonight.
I'm not all that far from Flagstaff, so we're keeping an eye on that one. Looks like, right now, it's heading towards Boulder.
Sister-in-law had a small place in Green Mountain Falls before she died. It is a wonderful area.
Buddygirl's comments aside, and what may or may not be a judgment from God aside...
1 Peter 4.17
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
We’d usually pull into Green Mountain Falls to get a Coke or Iced Tea before getting into the Springs.
Your sister-in-law lived in a great place.
Living in California, we see this all the time. It's the worse experience you can imagine with a fire storm heading your way. I spent some time fighting wild-fires in my youth. Personally, I'd rather face erratic tornadoes than a wild fire. At least they go away after their devastation and skip over homes and if prepared, you can duck into a ground shelter. Wild fires keep going and going, and once in their line, all homes go up.
BTW, where is Obama on this disaster? Oh right, campaigning for dollars. I remember Bush declaring one of the CA wild fires as a national emergency and sending out FEMA. It was just brush, but burning down lots of homes as is this CO fire.
Thanks for the insight as to that area. Prayers for you and yours and all in the region.
Disasters like this were slow to be know in prior ages. The biggest and worst fire in Minnesota was largely unreported because it occurred the same day as the Chicago Fire. In the video-electronic-Internet age we have live feeds to Tanning Booth inpropriaties.
I worked in Woodland Park, have family near there, and this is horrible news! My daughter lives in Castle Rock, and she just told me the smoke is unbelievable!
(BTW - you live near Flagstaff? Did you know there is now a fire in Cottonwood?)
Prayers for your daughter, husband and furry kid, and the safe-keeping of their home, Jemian!
Please water down your city out there too. It is my favorite place on the planet.