Waldo Canyon Fire claims first victim, 15 percent contained, Obama tours area
The first known death from the Waldo Canyon fire was reported this morning as firefighters continue a sixth day working to contain the wildfire that has so far burned 18,500 acres, destroyed 346 homes, and forced more than 35,000 people to evacuate.
Obama to tour site of worst-ever Colorado wildfire
Keith Coffman and Jeff Mason
3:11 p.m. EDT, June 29, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama arrived in Colorado on Friday to tour the devastation left by a Colorado wildfire he declared a “major disaster” that has destroyed 347 homes and forced the evacuation of 35,000 people from the edge of the state’s second-largest city.
Before landing, Air Force One flew over part of the Rocky Mountains where smoke could be seen rising from the areas ravaged by what officials say is the most destructive blaze in state history. At least one death has been blamed on the fire.
The blaze had roared unchecked on Tuesday night through communities in the northwestern corner of the city and threatened the U.S. Air Force Academy campus. But the lighter winds that helped firefighters gain new ground against the inferno on Thursday were expected to continue on Friday, fire officials said at a news conference.
They said the wildfire did not grow overnight and it is now 15 percent contained.
Weather may bring some relief from raging Colorado wildfires
1:19 p.m. EDT, June 28, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – Cooler temperatures and lighter winds helped firefighters on Thursday in the battle against Colorado’s Waldo Canyon fire, which has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced more than 35,000 people to flee.
Thursday marked the first day in five days when a so-called red flag warning – indicating conditions that could increase wildfire activity – was not being posted in the Colorado Springs area, authorities said.
Despite the weather relief, the Waldo Canyon blaze remained devastating and only 5 percent contained, officials said. Exceptional high temperatures and strong winds have fueled the blaze, which started on Saturday.
It has burned 18,500 acres near Colorado Springs, the state’s second-largest city, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
“There was nothing left in some areas, burned out foundations that were smoldering. It looked like a nuclear weapon had been dropped. It’s as close to hell as I could imagine,” said Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, who toured the heavily damaged Mountain Shadows subdivision.
Jun 29, 2012 @ 20:56:42
why NOT let the pinon valley residents return home? is it because a high percentage of them are renters?
Jun 29, 2012 @ 17:33:18
Tell mb to catch next flight out to Colorado and see if firefighting is easier than going in a storm shelter for a hurricane. We will give him a shovel backpack jacket and 18 hours a day running from flames and see if he keeps that fist in his pocket and his mouth shut and feel compassion for our fellow colaridans
Jun 29, 2012 @ 16:04:32
mb, are you kidding me? I lived in Florida for a decade, and “survived” at least 3 or 4. Hurricanes are NOTHING compared to a fire in most circumstances. If you’re really from Florida, you know exactly how it is. People throw PARTIES for hurricanes! The insane people get excited for the surfing! A fire is absolutely nothing to get happy or excited about.
Jun 28, 2012 @ 22:32:59
Please quit clogging up search engines with information that distract from the real time Colorado events that post several hours prior.
Brian Scott, Keeney
Jun 28, 2012 @ 19:25:42
prayers for all that has lost
Jun 28, 2012 @ 18:26:41
MB, if you were here you wouldn’t say that. Fires here in the west are windswept from every direction, unpredictable and killers. Hurricanes have a route that can be predicted. Fires do not.
Jun 27, 2012 @ 16:58:47
this is b s. i am from miami florida. i am a hurricane andrew survivor. i shake my fist at this fire.
Jun 27, 2012 @ 18:50:40
cool, then come help.
Jun 28, 2012 @ 18:18:36
Why is it BS? normally fires arn’t in such urban ares, it is really devestating and has destroyed historic landmarks. Hurricane’s are terrible as well but that doesn’t negate the devestation of the fires. And yes there are 10 in Colorado right now. Waldo Canyon is 1 of 10 going on right now, this the worst fire season in Colorado history.
Jun 28, 2012 @ 22:38:02
Wow. What a horrible thing to say… Just because you survived a hurricane doesn’t mean you should be heartless to other people who lost their homes. You think you’d learn some sympathy from your experience. I’m a “hurricane survivor” too, and am living in Colorado Springs. “Don’t say anything if you’re not going to say anything nice.”
Jun 29, 2012 @ 16:11:44
The hurricane survivor is an ass. I too survived a hurricane and my heart goes out to anyone and everyone that is impacted by natural causes…tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, ice storms etc…not one is any worse than the other…each natural disaster is horrible. We should all be sympathetic to each other during these times.
I would love to see the hurrican survivor, survive a Colorado winter or Colorado wildfire….keep your hatefullness to yourself until you walk in the other persons shoes!!!
Jul 01, 2012 @ 12:10:29
BS huh….tell that to my sister who left for a short weekend trip to NYC and then had nothing to come home to. What difference does the means make when the end result is the same. Suffering my is suffering, total loss is total loss. Grow up