Jun 30, 2012 11:28 AM by Garrett Boyd

8:00 a.m press conference latest

Latest information from the 8:00 a.m. press conference:

-Today will be the first day crews will work on utility restoration. 990 homes are still without electricity.

-The fire is now 30 percent contained.

-The National Guard will arrive tonight to help battle the fire.

-Crews will do a 50 acre prescribed burn out in the Blodgett Peak Area. The burn is designed to secure containment lines.

-The total acres burned still remains at 17,073.

-Highway 24 remains closed till further notice.

-Officials haven't ordered any new evacuations. Also, the fire has not destroyed any new homes or structures.

-The Disaster Recovery Center is opening at 9:00 a.m. It will be located at 105 North Spruce Street in Colorado Springs. Insurance adjusters and grief counselors will lend help to people on-site. The center is open daily till 7:00 p.m.

-Officials tell people not to throw cigarettes out of their windows. Also, campfires are still prohibited.

-The backfire is successfully completed on west side of the fire. Crews are mopping up and anchoring down.

-Divide post office is still open for those without services in Teller County.

-If you're in Cedar Heights, your services are normal. If you don't get deliveries, contact 266-8216

-Kids who have lost their home, call 719-520-6771. "Smokey" will send a care package.

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