Latest update on Colorado wildfire July 1st: Residents are returning to their communities to evaluate the damages, done to their homes. Fire officials are saying the worst of the fire is over for the communities hardest hit. The fire is 45 percent contained as of Sunday Afternoon
Latest update on Colorado wildfire June 30th: A second person has been announced dead due to the Colorado wildfire according to the Boston Globe. The body was found on Friday in the rubble of a home where another body was discovered earlier. Officials have announced that fewer than 10 people are unaccounted for.
According to USA Today The 26-square-mile blaze — one of several wildfires burning out of control across the tinder-dry West — was reported to be 25 percent contained, and authorities began lifting some of the evacuation orders for the more than 30,000 people who fled their homes a few days ago.
Latest update on Colorado wildfire June 29th: More than 1,000 personnel and six helicopters were fighting the fire, which had cost at least $3.2million to fight and was 15 percent contained as of Friday morning.
Police Chief Pete Carey said the remains of one person were found in a home where two people had been reported missing.
FBI is investigating whether this fire was ARSON.
Latest update on Colorado wildfire June 28th: Reuters reported: “Yesterday was a good day, and firefighters have made progress,” incident commander Rich Harvey said at a news briefing on Thursday. “Now we’re going to go after it aggressively.”
More than 1,200 firefighters, supported by heavy air tankers and helicopters, are assigned to the blaze, Harvey said.
President Barack Obama planned to visit the city on Friday to meet with firefighters and tour the ravaged areas.
Original Story: The Colorado Springs wild fire, which started June 23, has burned 18,500 acres, and nearly 350 homes.
The blaze is only 15 percent contained, fire officials said Friday morning. One death has been reported as the Colorado Wild Fire continues to blaze.
The wildfire raging near some of Colorado’s most populated areas has forced some 32,000 people from their homes, and prompted evacuations on the grounds of the US Air Force Academy. The Fire is now burning down homes on the edge of the city.
The origin of the fire is under investigation during what is turning into the state’s worst wildfire season in a decade. Dry conditions and winds are also fueling fires across Montana, Idaho, and New Mexico.
The Waldo Canyon Fire is burning just 10 miles away from Colorado Springs. The winds are now in excess of 65 mph forcing the fire down the mountain towards residential communities in the Mountain Shadows area.
The Waldo Canyon fire has become the nations number 1 priority as heavy smoke and ash covered the Rocky Mountain skies west of the city. Bright yellow and orange flames flared into the night, often signaling another home lost to the Waldo Canyon Fire.
According to the Denver Post currently fire officials expect to have more than 1,000 firefighters on location to help stop the powerful fire. Firefighters will be concentrating within the fire perimeter, using fire engines and water hoses to protect homes.
The city of Colorado Springs could be in trouble if fire crews can’t get this fire contained soon.