Waldo Wildfire Doubles in Size
Apparently, Colorado cannot get a break from the current wildfire situation with High Park as well as the five other wildfires burnign across the state.
According to Xfinity News, the Waldo Canyon Fire that started (point of origin is unknown at this time) near Colorado Springs has forced the evacuation of over 32,00 Springs residents. The damage is staggering as this firestorm grew overnight to nearly twice its size, becoming a 24 square mile wall of flame, which now teeters on the very edge of the U.S. Air Force Academy. It’s difficult to imagine that just last Saturday this fire was 5% contained before 65 mph winds pushed it towards Colorado Springs.
If you need more information regarding this wildfire, click here for inciweb.org’s incident overview.
As has been the past few months, the situation has been consistently aggravated by the drought conditions and hot Colorado weather. Our wildfire investigator, Jeff Berino (who at this point in time is on the front line of the High Park fire), commented on the current state of affairs in an interview with America’s Radio News Network saying that the various factors contributing to the dry weather and winds have created a “Perfect Storm” scenario for wildfires.
We can see that this quote is not an exaggeration as another wildfire was sparked to life via lightning north of Boulder County. So far, 26 homes have been evacuated. On top of this, the High Park fire continues to ravage homes (257 so far) and the landscape near Fort Collins, though heads and hopes are held high as it is now 65%contained.
Although lightning has been the main ignition source of these wildfires, a small fire was quickly contained last Saturday near the Summit County landfill. The fire was believed to be caused by the phosphorus of a tracer round used at the nearby shooting range.
- Growing wildfire brings evacuations in Colorado Springs (cnn.com)
- LIVE Updates: New fire sparked near Boulder, Waldo Canyon fire erupts with more evacuations (blogs.denverpost.com)
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