Jul 5, 2012 10:40 AM by Andy Koen

Fire origin located, final burn areas cooling

The physical place where the Waldo Canyon Fire first started nearly two weeks ago has been located. Lieutenant Jeff Kramer, a public information officer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, said at a media briefing Thursday the location would not be disclosed at this time in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.

It represents a major step in discovering the cause of the wildfire that claimed two lives, destroyed around 350 homes and scorched more than 18,000 acres since June 23.

Incident Commander Rich Harvey explained that the remaining 10 percent of the fire that is not yet contained is burning in "islands" of rugged terrain on the backside of Blodgett Peak that are extremely difficult for fire fighters to reach on foot.

However, infrared mapping of the areas indicates that the fire is cooling and Harvey said helicopters will continue to drop water buckets to further douse the flames. In the meantime a Burn Area Emergency Recovery (BAER) is assembling in Colorado Springs to begin flood mitigation work in the burn area to reduce the potential for mud flows and flash flooding.

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